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I've been reading a lot to decide on what to do on my first HTPC. I'm about to decide to start simple:


Assuming a good PC (AMD 2600+, 512MB)


nVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Video Card

Simple DVD Drive

dScaler

DLP Projector

MyHD Card

1 of any number of software: i.e. Zoomplayer, TheaterTEK


For DVD: Is it true that I have a basic start on an HTPC, that will put out very good de-interlaced DVD picture?


I've read about xCard, and PDI combination. But I'm not sure the cost and slots used is worth it. Should I pursue that?


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Not trying to bash AMD, but the hyperthreaded P4s seem to do better performance wise than Athlons.


Other than that, you should be fine.
 

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No worries, I am running a 1.4 T-bird with no problems. It sounds like ATI cards are better over all. Things MAY have changed though. I honestly like Nvidia's drivers better though - but I am running an ATI Radeon 7500 for my HTPC. Soon to be upgraded to something new. It sounds like you are putting together a good setup.


The HTPC image quality for DVD's us unbelievable and every time a new player application comes out, it's like christmas again and you just got a new stand alone drive.


Personally, I have TheaterTek and don't use it. I do not like it's deinterlacing as I see flaws. I'm a "Set it and forget it" kind of guy - so I use the latest powerdvd and could not be happier.


Best luck to you,

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If you watch alot of video-based DVDs, then the XCard-PDI combo might be worth it to you. It also helps with problematic/poorly-flagged film DVDs. I noticed this when watching Monsters, Inc. on a PJ the other day.


And unless you start getting into the high-tweak applications like FFDShow and Reclock, you have more than enough processor for just about anything HTPC-related.


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