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  1. #1
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    what's the minimum I need to run DivX/DVD files??

    HI, I am making a box to go into my entertainment center to play divx files, along with MP3's, and DVD's...

    what's the minimum I need to do this well??

    thanks
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  2. #2
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    From my experiences, any non-celeron or non-k6 series, cpu that runs faster than 400 mhz should work for software dvd playback.
    If you get a dvd decoder board, any pentium mmx or higher should work

    As for mp3s, the requirements are VERY low. If you box plays dvds, it will play mp3s.

    As for divx.....depends if you want to encode them or not. If your looking to encode them, go as fast as you can. If your just looking to play them back, 400mhz would be more than adequate.


    Plenty of ram helps too.

  3. #3
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    I thought RAM has no play in playback?

    or am I thinking of encoding?

    and this box is solely for playback, I use the big box for encoding
    1.4 "Y" @ 133x12 = 1600 [2.85V]
    kg7-r BIOS4j [VIA4.33][AMDAGP1.2]
    4x256 *unbuffered* crucial 2100 @ "turbo"/CAS2.5 [2.8V]
    ATI AIW radeon 32DDR agp @ 189/189
    2x 40 IBM 7200 RAID0 32k blocks sitting as masters on both IDE 3 and 4 via cable select.
    1x 40 IBM 7200 storage IDE 2
    creative DVD and creative CD on IDE1
    PCI1 - empty
    PCI2 - Lexicon Core2 24bit audio
    PCI3 - Pine shit audio
    PCI4 - D-link NIC
    PCI5 - empty
    PCI5 - adaptec SCSI connected to
    yamaha CDRW
    Sony Trinitron 19" HMD-A400 @ 85Hz 1152x864
    Terayon USB cable modem hitting
    3megs down
    Enermax 351 with +5V @ 4.9 idle
    Thermalright sk-6 with ASII - 36C
    under load. Delta 7200 lead
    plugged into FAN2 to yeild
    stable BIOS.
    A totally naked genric spray painted yellow case, rigged up PSU "chimney", home made rounded cable goodness slapped right smack in the middle of my desk that my fiance can't stand...

  4. #4
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    A lot of ram (relatively speaking, say 256 mb) will help system performance immensely. Less swap file swapping by the operating system means better performance. Decoding dvds takes quite a bit of memory bandwith and moves alot of data.

    Using a decoder card will take some more load of of the CPU, but i'm not sure if it will help out the memoy situation any. The other benifit to the decoder card, is Dolby Dgital Decoding. OF course, people will tell you that any card in the SBlive/Audigy system will do this for you, and this is true to an extenet. When the SBlive/Audigy series decodes the DD stream, it does it purely in software, not in hardware. So if your doing it on a lower end system, you'd get more benifit from a decoder card. I beleive the performance hit on a higher end system (1 gig athlon) was 3-5%, according to anandtech recent Audigy Review.

    For example, I have a box for playing dvds and mp3s hooked up to my stereo. Stats as follows:

    asus p5a-b
    AMD k6-2 350
    2*128mb crucial pc133
    maxtor 20gig ata 100 7200rpm
    tnt2 ultra 32 mb
    sblive value oem
    hollywood plus dvd decoder card
    sony 5x dvd drive
    3com 905b nic


    The DVD decoder and the extra 128mb or ram make all the difference in this systems performance, especially since I put win2k on it and started using it as a light webserver in addition to playing DVDs and mp3s (im in a dorm room.)


    Good luck.

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