Originally Posted by HappyFunBoater
Adding to Robert's comments...
You'll probably only be able access about 3.3GB of memory on Vista 32-bit due to address range limitations. (The video card, BIOS, etc., take up some of the 4GB limit.) You'll have to go to 64-bit to gain access to the entire 4GB of RAM.
And once you go to 4GB and 64-bit, you'll start to run into driver issues with some hardware, such as the Hauppauge capture cards. In general I've got everything working on my 64-bit system but make sure you research the components before making the switch.
I h ad vista 64 from day one, and helped get driver sets ready at first. So oh boy do i know about driver issues. creative was the worst!
I was considering the Gigabyte p35-dq6 if I went intel. I here that it can allow you to use your video card and let you decode the audio out it's spdif. Then again, i also here its damn good at outputting video and audio through its HDMI. The whole point is money is not a concern, the concern is to build something that works with my nero 8 media home. I have all my movies categorized by blu-ray, hd-dvd, and regular dvd. I want to be able to stream them down stairs to play on the 52" samsung dlp. The audio will be output to my onkyo. I was even looking for a UPnP blu-ray/hd-dvd player that could play streamed movies. hell 1000$ is nothing if it does what I ask.
So the issue remains, the powercolor 3850 extreme was rated as one of the best HD movie players that decoded both vc-1 and h.242. The only question was how to output the audio, as I have read many people have had issues with lossless. As for horse power, I can not wait. I have to have this built this week, so waiting is not an option. Though upgrading later is fine with me.
So direction comes to mind, Intel or AMD. I have read a ton that says go AMD due to power and heat. Memory is always key, more memory the better things run. I have 8 Gig on my other rig, so I intended on 2 or 4 gig on this.
Whoa, lots to think about. I do have Pdvd ultra, (only way to play the actual movie is to turn into an iso and mount it.) I have nero 8 ultra, I have read about just about every player. Questin is which one outputs the audio signal the best and which does the video.... Argg the room is spinning LOL