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Blu Ray Player for Desktop PC

by Trio972 / August 10, 2008 3:43 AM PDT

I am thinking of installing a Blu Ray Player in my Desktop Computer but I need some informaton. Will it work correctly and will my PC support it? Is it worth me dumping $200 on a player? Please, any help is great because I have been thinking about this almost 4 months but need some expert help.

My computer specs:
HP Pavilion M8120N Media Center PC
2.4 Core 2 Quad
4 GB Memory
320GB HDD X2
Windows Vista Home Premium
EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 512MB Video Card HDCP SLI Support
Acer 24" LCD Monitor P24W HDMI Monitor with HDCP. 1920X1200

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In short, yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2008 3:45 AM PDT

Your machine has the chops to play Bluray. The best deal is to find the drive BUNDLED with the bluray player software. Windows doesn't do this without said software.

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you pc can support it
by ramarc / August 10, 2008 3:48 AM PDT
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That's exactly what NOT TO BUY!!!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2008 3:51 AM PDT
In reply to: you pc can support it

I've lost count how many buy that and then are upset about having to buy the Bluray player software.

-> Get the bundle. Save yourself.

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Thanks for the Help!!!
by Trio972 / August 10, 2008 6:51 AM PDT

Thanks for help. I went and bought one today at my local Fry's and I made sure it came with the bundle. I picked up a drive that plays both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. It also comes with Power DVD 7. I am going to install it and borrow some movies from my friend to see the difference. This is why I Love CNET. Excellent and professional help. Keep up the good work. THANKS again.

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Glad it helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2008 7:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the Help!!!

That bundled software is about 50 or up if you buy it on its own.

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my post linked to the retail version with cyberlink
by ramarc / August 10, 2008 8:06 AM PDT
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2008 8:08 AM PDT

The first time I looked it served up just the drive. Can't explain that.

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the description is a babillion characters long
by ramarc / August 10, 2008 8:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

probably got truncated. Wink

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by Trio972 / August 10, 2008 11:02 AM PDT

Hey Remarc, this is the exact drive i bought from Fry's. Works great.

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