Originally Posted by Calcvictim
That's a pretty good idea, but I would rather stay with an onboard video card if I can avoid buying a second one.
Also it looks like Intel can use VA-API which might be what I was looking for.
I'm not paying huge attention (b/c I already have nvidia and VDPAU, ie. a working solution), but I have the impression that non-nvidia solutions for accelerated GPU are still a year away (or more) from being pervasive.. I'm not saying there aren't any players for vaapi, just that "everything" supports vdpau (it seems), and that wide-spread support isn't there for anything else, yet (and/or its there but you have to compile everything yourself)
You can always try the on-board Intel GPU for a few weeks, just make sure you buy a case that would permit (at least) a low-profile (or normal height) and fan-less G210 if you find that the vaapi support isn't everything you need.
Personally I prefer the Intel CPUs, but have nothing but contempt for their GPUs, doubly b/c they kicked the consumer in the teeth by freezing out the nvidia mobo chipsets which frankly ran circles around what Intel offered.