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    Blurays

    Wanting to get a new GPU that is passive (noise) and a bluray drive. I'm thinking a 5450 for that.
    Also for the bluray drive, I see the LiteOn IHOS104-37 which is only £42. The thing I need to know about is software. What kind of software do I need to play blurays? Apparently the bundled software is crap. Would preferably like something that integrates with win media player. Any cheap/free software?
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    Re: Blurays

    I got some form of PowerDVD with my BD-RW from Scan, does the job fine from what i can tell but no integration with any other media players from my experience.

    Edit: It was PowerDVD 8.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Blurays

    What drive was this?
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    Re: Blurays

    The drive is also a reader only, hope that is what you need.
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    Re: Blurays

    Well arcsoft or Power DVD 10 would be my choices. I know PowerDVD is about 60 squids on Scan at the moment. I think arcsoft is a fair bit cheaper.

    The impression I get from looking around on the net is the free stuff always has one good feature missing. So I guess you pay your money and takes your choice.

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    Re: Blurays

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    What drive was this?
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/LG-BH...RW-12x-RAM-OEM

    I still got the software even though it says OEM, that may not be the case now however...
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Blurays

    Seems like mixed reviews: I read sometimes that the software is great; at others I see that it's terrible. And GPU wise 5450 all good?
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    Re: Blurays

    My LG BH10LS30 (that just came from scan, today) came with Power DVD and some other Cyberlink programs (Power2Go MediaShow PowerProducer YouCam).
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    Re: Blurays

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Seems like mixed reviews: I read sometimes that the software is great; at others I see that it's terrible. And GPU wise 5450 all good?
    Depends what caveats have been mentioned.

    The software offers decent video playback and allows you to flick between all the audio sources on a given disc etc. I personally don't know what more a user would want.

    On the 5450 front i would imagine its powerful enough to help with the decoding of Blu-Rays as the 785G is fine in this regard so more GPU power can only help.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
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    Re: Blurays

    I could use the 760G in built. Would save me £35
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    Re: Blurays

    The 760G IGP doesn't have the full set of UVD features: specifically I believe it does without the HD components so it won't accelerate HD content, unfortunately. I think if you want smooth BD playback you'll need at least a HD4350, although this XFX 5450 is the same price, so may as well get that

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    Pretty much what I was planning anyway, cheers for confirming that the 760G wouldn't be any good. I think this would be a better upgrade for me than an SSD tbh, I really don't get annoyed by having to wait 20 seconds more...
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    I also got a ASUS EAH5450 today as it was silent.
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    Would be very interested to hear of your experiences Oolon! Keep me posted as to whether it all gos smoothely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Would be very interested to hear of your experiences Oolon! Keep me posted as to whether it all gos smoothely!
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    Re: Blurays

    Im using a passive 5450 in my HTPC for blu-ray playback, it does the job without issue. Spec below. I have used powerDVD in the past and it was fine, the only reason I moved away from it to arcsoft TMT3 was that arcsoft integrates into media centre and im only using a remote on my HTPC so that was important. Also TMT3 has HDDVD support and PowerDVD have dropped theirs.

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