I'm currently on a quite "simple setup" frontend box, a VIA EPIA-EN15000G, C7/1500Mhz and an old back-projection TV. I'm now considering an upgrade to an LCD 47" with Full HD. For this I need to install a new graphics card in my MM frontend, as the current doesn't have DVI out.
So I have a few questions.
1. I'm looking at a really cheap graphics adapter, e.g. Gainward GeForce FX5200. Would this Nvidia-based card work out-of-the-box with Minimyth?
2. That graphics adapter doesn't have hw decoding for H.264, but from what I've gathered in this forum there aren't that many cards with driver support for hw Mpeg4 decoding anyway. Right?
3. Should my 1.5 GHz CPU be able to sw decode at least 720p content?
Edit: It needs to be a PCI card, as that's the only possible expansion.
My AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (2GHz) processor cannot decode 1080i H.264 content without stuttering. I have not tried 720p H.264 content. However, I suspect your hardware will have trouble decoding 720p H.264 content without stuttering.