PHP/MySQL Comment System

I have something like 100 different items stored in a database. I want to create a comment system for each one and I was wondering what the best approach would be for something like this.

  1. Create a separate database for comments and have each item with its own table within that database to store the comments information.

  2. Create a table within the existing database and just store all comments withing that table and pull them according to whichever item the visitor is viewing.

I was wondering which method would be quicker and better, or any other ideas on how to accomplish this.

Thanks in advanced.