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In all honesty, the reason you don't have an answer is because there is not a great solution at the moment.
The playback requirement is actually being tested as you and I type.
For example, CoreAVC 1.1 will be released tomorrow. In the 1.1 beta testers are reporting 55%- 65% loads on X2 systems using software only (for the 20Mbps interlaced BBC streams).
With hardware acceleration that figure should be much lower, but quite honestly, no one knows when hardware acceleration will be added to CoreAVC. It could be weeks....it could be months....it is planned though.
As of this second (and note I said things are subject to change) the new Nvidia cards (7600GT, 7800 and up) should be be able to play h264 will less problems on the processor side, but you will need a decoder with hardware decoding support - i.e. Cyberlink.
Balazer or dr1394 might have some other ideas - although i am not sure ron visits this thread often.
Again, its really a work in progress and can only be thought of part of a total system.