Originally Posted by rebkell
Like was mentioned, you can download a fully working free 15 day trial of CoreAVC, it might be all you need, but if not I think one of the newer ATI cards will probably put you in cruise control, it certainly made a night and day difference for my setup. I can now play a blu-ray disk and do anything else I want on the machine and never even skip a beat during playback. If it's onboard video, you also reclaim that memory, which doesn't hurt either.
I already downloaded that trial version of CoreAVC and installed it on my current PC (Pentium 4, 3 GHz). Didn't notice a lot of improvement, if any, playing my TS files.
When my new dual-core arrives, I'll install my old Radeon X700, plus CoreAVC, and give it a try. As you are saying, I'll most likely need to get a better video card (with hardware acceleration), however that will require upgrading the power supply in the new PC, as well. Even though HP does not give the wattage in their technical specs, it appears that it is only 250 W, which will not be enough for any new video card.
Long story short, I'm already thinking about returning the new PC and getting something more appropriate. Don't really want to go that way, but that may be the proper solution, I'm afraid.
I'll definitely give new PC a chance, with CoreAVC and my existing video card, but if that doesn't work well, my options will be either spending around $100 for the new PSU and a video card, hoping it's going to be sufficient, or return the PC and get a more powerful one (probably another few hundred bucks). Decisions...decisions!