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I own a 3 year old Dell Dimension desktop. It has an Intel Celeron 2.4ghz processor, 512mb RAM and a 96mb integrated video card. Aside from the obvious updates in RAM and the graphic card, will this processor be good enough for playing DVD's and Blu-ray?
 

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Shouldn't have any problems with DVD, but BD might be a bit of a stretch on that processor. Download this and run it, it'll tell you what you need to upgrade for BD playback.

http://www.cyberlink.com/english/sup...port/index.jsp

Looks like I will need to upgrade for BD playback. Is the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz good enough?
 

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Looks like I will need to upgrade for BD playback. Is the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz good enough?

Even the E2220 is good enough. The E8400 is amazing, though.
 

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Even the E2220 is good enough. The E8400 is amazing, though.

This is the build I have been exploring for quite some time:


-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

-2GB RAM

-EVGA 512-P2-N773-AR GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

-Over 500GB Hard Drive

-LG Blu-ray drive


Is this a good initial setup? Any recommendations? Looking to use primarily for video (DVD, BD) and music.
 

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If all you are looking for is BD/DVD playback and music, then the 8400 is overkill, it's a great processor, but way more than you will need. I would reccomend getting a cheaper processor and using the money you save for a ATI HD4850 card for about $50 more than the 8600. Much nicer card, and supports LCPM passthrough.
 
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