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    Video card recomendation

    I'm not looking at top of the range here, in fact I will probably get this second hand....

    I'm looking for a graphics card that is PCI, and has good TV out properties.

    The monitor will actually be the TV (using a custom GUI) so this is imperitive, it's also got to be very good at playing video (MPEG-4's and DVD's).

    I also need it to show the full width/hieght of the TV (so overscanned).

    I was thinking something along the lines of a G200.

    Or is there a better option such as an Nvidia card?

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    sounds to me like you're going to be best off with some sort of ATi card, not sure which one 'cause I'm not that familiar with ATi, but they tend to have lots of features and they have good DVD playback (not sure about MP4)

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    what is your price range and system specs? if i were you, i would buy a decent pci card, such as a voodoo3 2000, and buy a separate tv-features card. they'll have many features that you'll probably find useful plus, you can find some good ones for under 50 bucks at computer shows. if you couple the card with a second hand voodoo3 2000, the price will amount to about 100-110 bucks, which isn't bad. it'll have all the features of an ati-all-in-wonder, but with the performance of a voodoo3 2000. it'll also cost around the same has an ati-allinwonder 128. if you only have one pci slot, then i don't have any ideas. hope this somewhat helped!
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    I have a PCI ATI card (but without video-out) and MPEG-2 and 4 videos are looking damn good, even fullscreen (only 2mb RAM on my card).

    Many reviews have claimed that ATI cards are the best for DVD playback on TV. Couple this with hardware MPEG decoding and you get a very good card for video playback.

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    The ATI All In Wonder Pro should do the job and you can probably pick up a used one without spending a lot of money.
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    wait, are you gonna be playing games?
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    Do you want TV-in also?

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    No this setup will never ever play a game (unlesss some one decides to hack into it).

    Video/aerial in has been delt with.

    Yes it's a handrolled TiVo

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    OK, then ATI is the way to go.
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    test drove an ati radeon all-in-wonder. DVD is damn close to real hollywood magic, tv playback good, also has digital timeshifting in case ya gotta pee and dont want to miss a thing. good capture too, close to Digital Video Creater 2, but i took it back because it lacks in the gaming department.got the DVC2 for capture and editing and the prophetII for games and DVD playback.

    You might try the ATI all-in-wonder pro since its cheaper than the radeon version and you dont play games

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    yup, if you're not gonna play games, then just get an old ati-all-in-wonder. you can probably find a used one for under 50 bucks
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    As I've just mentioned, I don't need TV in, that has already been dealt with.

    Just TV out.

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