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« on: October 17, 2004, 01:19:04 AM »

DVD players have realy dropped lately. So maybe its time I got one.

What is the value of having a DVD player hooked up to your cpu tower?

I understand that movies can be played on your PC? How fast of a PC do you need for this, or does it matter?

Are any games released in DVD format? Is it the way of the near future?

Is it harder to install than a cd player or burner or about the same?

Thanx for your help?

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2004, 02:33:40 AM »

The value is in watching movies and having games on DVD's (see below).

A relatively modern PC shouldn't have any trouble.  I have an old Pentium II notebook with 128MB of RAM and maybe 8MB of video memory.  DVD movies play fine on that.  I would do a quick check of the system specs for the drive you are interested in and make sure you meet those, though.

Some games are released on DVD.  Very few at this point, but as more people buy them this should change.  DVD games are more popular in Europe, but the demand is certainly growing in the US.  UT2k4, Farcry, the recent NWN Platinum pack, Sims 2, HL2, and the anger over Doom 3 not being on DVD show how much people like not having to worry about multiple CD's.

DVD-ROM drives are physically the same as CD-ROM drives, so installing them is exactly the same.  Plug in the power, IDE cable, and (if wanted) the digital audio cable and you are good to go.  If your CD-ROM drive is modern then you can probably use the same connectors it was on for the DVD drive.

Hope that helps!

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2004, 02:40:51 AM »

DVD games are excellent. I loved having one single disc for UT2k4 instead of say, the 5 discs required for installing Far Cry.

It's a small difference, but man I sure did enjoy not having to switch discs and sit in front of the PC while the game finished installing.

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