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I'm contemplating on whether or not to build a HTPC.

My question is, would a HTPC have better picture quality than a stand alone DVD player such as an OPPO 971 or a Samsung HD1080.

I currently have a Samsung HD960 connected to the LG 30" Slimfit @ 720p.

My thinking is that shouldn't a HTPC that has stand alone components such as mobo, proc, power supply, vid card.. etc .. shouldn't that produce better quality video than a stand alone player that has most it's components intergrated onto one board?

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I'm contemplating on whether or not to build a HTPC.

My question is, would a HTPC have better picture quality than a stand alone DVD player such as an OPPO 971 or a Samsung HD1080.

I currently have a Samsung HD960 connected to the LG 30" Slimfit @ 720p.

My thinking is that shouldn't a HTPC that has stand alone components such as mobo, proc, power supply, vid card.. etc .. shouldn't that produce better quality video than a stand alone player that has most it's components intergrated onto one board?

thanx,
Paul

Some people think so: http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/artic...DVD_players/17

I myself am looking to do an HTPC when all the stars align (Vista+Core2 Duo+Fanless Geforce 7600GT <$600)

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It can reduce connectors. An HTPC can be a dvd player, HDTV tuner,soon B/R player. I personnally noticed that the scaler, in the dvd player and compatibility to the display is the central issue. Mating the dvd to the display??? Can be fruitless effort. What looks best , Oppo's have good rep, but it's your eye.

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well.. I did a test with my gaming pc connected to my LG 30" slimfit via DVI to HDMI and didn't notice enough of a quality difference to justitfy spending $1500 on a HTPC to play dvds which my $150 Sammy Hd960 does just fine at the moment.

My gaming pc specs:
mobo: Asus A8N-Sli Premium
proc: AMD64 3700 San Diego OC'd to 2.6 w/Zalman HSF
ram: 2gb of OCZ ram
vid card: 2 7800GT w/Zalman hsf OC'd
sound card: Audigy 2ZS
dvd-r : NEC 3540A
hard drive: 2 250gb SATA WD in Raid 0
software used: Cyberlink PowerDVD6.

thanx for your guys' opinions.

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What makes HTPC great is not only its ability to upscale / upsample the resolution, but do post procession, ie sharpen / noise removal with ffdshow. Building/setting up the software can seem daunting, but hardware now-a-days can easily handle this sharpening/denoising, etc very well.

Check out the link for more info. I have one and love it, its amazing when I turn off the ffdshow, and then turn it back on and look at the difference.

http://www.htpcnews.com/index.php?op...=132&Itemid=48
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also see this:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=246752

THere are numerous discussions here re ffdshow. The only reason (for me) was to use ffdshow, otherwise a good stand alone dvd player with dvd out and 720p resolution is pretty damn good (similar to PC without ffdshow).
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Well, you don't need to spend anywhere near $1500. I'll be spending less than $600 hopefully. All you need is a modern proc, 1gb of Ram, and a 7600GT or better.

Besides post processing, you can also stream media (including HD over Gigabit if you desire).

But yeah, it's definately not for everyone.

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well.. I did a test with my gaming pc connected to my LG 30" slimfit via DVI to HDMI and didn't notice enough of a quality difference to justitfy spending $1500 on a HTPC to play dvds which my $150 Sammy Hd960 does just fine at the moment.

My gaming pc specs:
mobo: Asus A8N-Sli Premium
proc: AMD64 3700 San Diego OC'd to 2.6 w/Zalman HSF
ram: 2gb of OCZ ram
vid card: 2 7800GT w/Zalman hsf OC'd
sound card: Audigy 2ZS
dvd-r : NEC 3540A
hard drive: 2 250gb SATA WD in Raid 0
software used: Cyberlink PowerDVD6.

thanx for your guys' opinions.

-paul


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so which dvd player program and codecs are you guys using on your HTPC..?

thanks,
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so which dvd player program and codecs are you guys using on your HTPC..?

thanks,
paul

The two most popular options seem to be FFDShow in the various configs listed in the dedicated thread, and NVidia PureVideo, though I haven't seen anyone do a real Head to head between the two. Purevideo seems to win in ease of use, where FFDshow offers much more control over individual variable, and can be potentialy less expensive as it is not video card dependent.

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