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My system has me limited to AGP cards so my choices are in the x1650 and x1950Pro range. My current TV is limited to 720p and its hooked up with a 50 ft DVI cable. Is either of these video card classes going to make a difference in performance now or in the future when I get a projector and move up to 1080i.

 

Its going into a Vista PC so will 512MB of V-RAM make a difference as well, or will 256MB be ok?

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I take it no one was dumb like me and jumped on Vista. Eh, oh well. I think Cable Labs is gonna be a bigger thorn in my side than anything MS can come up with. Certify the "whole" PC?! Thats a load of garbage for just a CableCard.

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HDCP is the beginning of the end.

 

True, but I need it to keep from having my HD picture compressed down to 480p.

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My opinion. Are there any Nvidia AGP cards?

 

They are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better when it come to video. They have PureVideo and are much cooler and smaller. AMD currently has issues with HDCP as well.

 

If not then the 1950 is much better.

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Are there any Nvidia AGP cards?

 

I have found a few nVidia cards. I think the 7800GS is one of them.

 

AMD currently has issues with HDCP as well.

 

I didn't know they where having HDCP issues with AMD chips.

 

My Vista DVR DIY quest may come to an early end. It's kinda pointless for me to continue this build if Cable Labs, Inc. won't certify an external device for me to connect to my homebuilt PC. I can kinda see where they are coming from with their reasoning for certifying a complete system, but it still sucks.

 

A CableCard 2.0 may be why I buy a new PC for this Vista HD DVR ..(first time in many, many years) There are just too many companies putting a strangle hold on this stuff.

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Doing extra research after paying for the equipment to play back the content, and the content. Not to get the best picture, or the best sound, or the best performance - just to ensure that the protection schemes all agree with each other. What a sad world.

 

It doesn't surprise me ATI has trouble with HDCP - ATI has trouble with everything.

 

Ever try getting 1080p out of one of their cards but then adjusting for overscan? It's impossible without a third party program, and with a third party program you may have to boot up with a plain old VGA CRT to set the TV up.. sometimes every bootup, sometimes once a week.

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How about the G80 cards? I may move Vista to a more modern PC. Something with PCIe.

 

After a little bit of reading, I think one of the new 320MB GTS cards will work just fine for all my HD viewing. Maybe a bit of gaming too.

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check out " any HD dvd " its suppost to crack the whole hdcp bull crap. i dont have a blu ray drive yet so i havent been able to try it.

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I almost want to get a drive just to try that out. That sounds like an excellent solution compared to buying a new HDTV and video card. :) I hope the brave young men(or women) who've been coding that get a nobel prize.

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