I have an NEC LCD2690WUXI at 1900x1200. it is HDCP enabled through the DVI-I and DVI-D ports.
Am I correct in assuming that all I need is an HDCP Blu-ray disc drive and a HDCP compliant video card now? I can ignore HDMI/HDCP in the motherboard, right?
If you are going to be watching movies I would recommend going with an ATI card. I am not a huge fan or Nvidia's PurevideoHD and even a HD4850 will provide you with HD audio-out through HDMI. ALL HD4850 cards come with a DVI to HDMI dongle which is another benefit for you.
Is the HD4850 much better than the 8800GT?
Check our HD4850 review.
Are the Antec cases and power supplies of good quality?
Antech PSUs are hit and miss. Their cases all come down to personal preference but I can't stand their 300 or 900 series. They are very hard to work in IMO.
I'm going to take your sage advice on the video card as I'm running some geological software on a mobile Radeon X1400 and it all seems to run fine. Perhaps my old fears over driver issues have been long since fixed. I'll go with the Asus card to keep everything as unified as possible.
I like the P5Q-E as I could add another EAD4850 and run it crossfire mode as well.
For the case, I like the perforated side on the Silverstone. However, I like the exposed ports, filter screens, the top fan and lowered power supply of the Antec, but does this inhibit airflow to the video card? A little tight is OK - but I want cool so the fans never power up much.
Looks good to me but I am not a fan of the 300-series. Then again, it won't be you installing stuff into it so....go for it.
I'm worried about the drive bays coming up against the P5Q-E SATA connectors in the Kublai.
I'm also worried about the 4 pin power adapter at the top of the MOBO interfering with the top fan on the Antec 300. You're right the drives also look damn close to the MOBO. Video card could be a pain.
What do you think of the Antec P182 or Coolermaster 590?