Reply 16980 of 17875, by debs3759
PTherapist wrote on 2020-10-21, 04:47:debs3759 wrote on 2020-10-20, 19:27:PTherapist wrote on 2020-10-20, 18:49:
Personally I wouldn't recommend building a Media Centre PC/HTPC with any kind of stock cooler, it will be much too loud.
Also, is the Blu-Ray drive just for data usage? As I think you'll have problems playing back actual Blu-Ray movie discs on Windows XP, Windows 7 would probably be better for that.
It'll probably be the cheapest option for transferring rips, but I didn't know XP wouldn't offer good BD playback. Unfortunately I have never seen a pre-activated copy of 7, and I'm not sure I want to trust keys off ebay to activate.
Yes, ripping them would probably be the easiest option. The reason XP isn't good for Blu-Ray playback, is that PowerDVD 11 is the latest version that will run on either XP or Vista and PowerDVD 11 will struggle with a lot of newer titles due to updated DRM.
However another issue is if the onboard graphics has HDCP support? Otherwise it won't matter which OS you use as it still wouldn't work without 3rd party tools such as AnyDVD HD.
I found three different Win 7 x64 preactivated versions, so will be setting that up later, now the cooler arrived. Will be installing K-Lite Codec Mega Pack, with Media Player Classic.
I will never use integrated graphics other than for benchmarking prior to adding discrete graphics. I think I have a GT210, otherwise it'll be overkill with a GT630 😀