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Bluray drive yes or no advice?

post #1 of 8
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I just built my htpc, surprisingly its pretty much done after 2/3 days. Although I spent months learning in advance.

My big question is everything is running well, my htpc is a bit hot, but quiet, and i was thinking of installing a bluray drive, but now im not sure why i would.

I could use some advice.

I rip mostly everything so its 99 percent designed to play ripped media already, the idea was if someone brings over a film, or whatever I would have a disc drive.

But I have a ps3 right below it.

And a desktop pc I burn blurays on in the same room.

Is their any benefit to a drive, or should i just put it in my ps3 if i want to watch the disc?
post #2 of 8
I put a drive in with the same idea you had, but I've used it literally twice. The drive in my server gets way more use.

If you've got another Blu-ray player in the same room, like your PS3, it sounds like you don't need it. For myself and others though, a Blu-ray drive is so cheap now that I feel like you might as well put it in.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by Murilo View Post

But I have a ps3 right below it.

Save your money and use the PS3 anytime you want to play from a disk. It's just easier that way IMO. I use a standalone blu-ray player when playing disks.
post #4 of 8
You don't need one. Just rip using your desktop PC's drive and copy it to wherever you store your media. I could do without any optical drive in my HTPC, but I had a DVD drive so it is installed.
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Save your money and use the PS3 anytime you want to play from a disk. It's just easier that way IMO. I use a standalone blu-ray player when playing disks.

+1
post #6 of 8

I do things a little differently... I like to directly stream the BD discs I rent directly to my HTPC extenders (just pop in any disc in my HTPC server; and, the disc becomes available to any extender/room in my home for live playback).  I have more than one BD reader (cheaper and more flexible than an entire PS3), so... I can stream to multiple locations two different discs).  I only rip BDs only worthy of ripping and archiving; not because I have to (so I can play it in another room).

 

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Originally Posted by Murilo View Post

I just built my htpc, surprisingly its pretty much done after 2/3 days. Although I spent months learning in advance.

My big question is everything is running well, my htpc is a bit hot, but quiet, and i was thinking of installing a bluray drive, but now im not sure why i would.

I could use some advice.

I rip mostly everything so its 99 percent designed to play ripped media already, the idea was if someone brings over a film, or whatever I would have a disc drive.

But I have a ps3 right below it.

And a desktop pc I burn blurays on in the same room.

Is their any benefit to a drive, or should i just put it in my ps3 if i want to watch the disc?
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by mslide View Post

Save your money and use the PS3 anytime you want to play from a disk. It's just easier that way IMO. I use a standalone blu-ray player when playing disks.

I agree.

If you want a drive that badly for it, I would suggest just getting an external one. You'll still have to deal with a player for the PC and so forth. The PS3 will just work unless the drive just goes out. It may have load times and annoying trailers and so forth, but it's not like many people who come over will know anything different. It's just annoying to you.
post #8 of 8
If its only for the occasional BD that someone brings over, I'd just use the PS3.
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