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Blue Ray Server

Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:42 am

Hi guys,

I'm getting ready to build a new HTPC (Blue Ray Server). I would like to here back from you guys that have already done this and get some advice on hardware and software recommendations.

1-How Much Computer do I Need.
2-Video Card with true 1080p HDMI out
3- Hard Drive Setup

Thanks,
Bob M.

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Re: Blue Ray Server

Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:32 pm

bobbym wrote:Hi guys,

I'm getting ready to build a new HTPC (Blue Ray Server). I would like to here back from you guys that have already done this and get some advice on hardware and software recommendations.

1-How Much Computer do I Need.
2-Video Card with true 1080p HDMI out
3- Hard Drive Setup

Thanks,
Bob M.
Here is everything you ever needed and perhaps more about HTPC builds.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthre ... 72#HWGuide

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Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:08 am

Also read this thread for a good discussion on RAID cards and configuration:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1071162

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Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:40 am

Blurays are BIG!!! If i where you i would build a big, bad ass, top notch htpc and not worry about hard drive space as much on the actual htpc. Then i would build an unraid server. Start out with just three hd's and add them as you need. It is an awesome product (unraid that is). I have been using two of them to store my dvds and blurays for several years now and i couldnt be happier.
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Re: Blue Ray Server

Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:23 pm

What are you guys using for the os. for Blue Ray Play back? Can I use XP

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Re: Blue Ray Server

Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:07 pm

OS doesn't really matter. XP, Vista, Windows 7. The player is what matters and your choices are Arcsoft TMT or PowerDVD. Both have the pros and cons.

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Re: Blue Ray Server

Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:41 pm

Surprisingly, it doesn't require that much processor muscle to render blu-ray. I use a couple of these http://www.logicsupply.com/products/mp45_bdr for playback along with PowerDVD. I second the recommendation for Unraid - I use one of their preconfigured servers http://www.lime-technology.com/joomla/p ... 510-server to stream my blu-rays. Can stream 2 at a time as well as backup another simultaneously (my extent of performance testing). Using the PowerDVD plugin, I can launch a movie from DVDLobby on either of the systems from any PC running the MainLobby client. Works great!

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