Originally Posted by skro
Good to know, thanks!
I want bitstreaming, but only to see the cool blue light on my AVR
From everything I've read, you shouldn't be able to hear the difference, so that shouldn't matter.
Well, I've changed my build a bit,
Foxconn R10-G3 barebones
MSI R4350-MD512H Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16HDCP, changed to the 5450
card that does bitstreaming, only becuase the original card would not fit the case, needed half height card,
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model CH10LS20K
Seagate 320 HDD, went with 250gb laptop drive for lower power
2GB Patriot Memory
My build price with a blu ray drive is right at $415, not counting rebates and the 4350 card which I repurposed to my main PC it was actually an upgrade over my current card. Remove the blue ray and it's in line with the ion systems. Issue, the PSU on the foxconn is very loud, but other than that harware performance is good, I've not tried bit streaming yet, I guess I really can't until I upgrade my AVR, no HDMI, yeah, it's that old.
Hardware wise, it all works. I need to do some more testing with Netflix, all sources today were not doing well, must be my network, i'm not sure. It plays fine, but the quality was not great.
If I can find a case that's quite, I would not give the ION another look. Though I've spent a little more becuase of trial an error, I believe you can build a Core duo system or better for the price of ion.