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I have a P3 500 (Slot 1) with a Gigabyte BX 2000+ MB.  My system has 256MB RAM, running Win2K.  My video card is a Rage Fury.  Now, I'm hardly what you'd call a gamer.  I use my PC for mail, work and playing music.

I've just bought an internal DVD drive and I'd like to know what cards are available with good DVD playback capabilities.  I was thinking that if I could find an ATI All in Wonder 128 it would be nice, but what else is there?
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I would think that just about any of the Geforce graphics cards would do the trick too as most of them have a built in dvd playback whatsit LOL.

I use a geforce II and that works fine although there are geforce III and geforce 4 out now and they would b even better.

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It also might be worth thinking about not getting a new graphics card at all and just buying a seporate DVD decoder card as in my experience they seem to work more effectively.

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Maybe I should have read the manual more closely.  The Rage Fury apparently supports hardware DVD playback.  I'm downloading the ATI DVD player now.

If it's OK with the 2 of you, I'll ask for my question to be deleted
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yea that is fine .. dang I should have known that since I used to use one.

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Yup...ATI is generally acknowledged as having one of the better hardware DVD decoding capabilities of the major graphics card suppliers...their next-generation chip, R300 or Radeon 9x00, will be even better because it applies some technology generally used in 3D games to smooth out the DVD playback.  See www.anandtech.com for information on ATI's new chip(s).

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