I think you sjould go with the 7500. The additional DX9 extensions that can be done in hardware by the 9500+ cards currently have NO software that uses them, be it games or VMR9. Let me reiterate, there are currently no DX9 hardware specific routines in the VMR9. Supposedly, there will be support for hardware deinterlacing and color adjustment (much like the current overlay color controls) with VMR9 and DX9 hardware, but this hasn't been even close to supported by drivers yet. Considering that game development is usually ahead of the video stuff (see interlaced overlays and the ATI component dongle for painful examples of this) due to customer demand and that DX8 games are just starting to make it to market now, I don't feel it is worth it to get the 9500 cards for just video when a 7500 can be had so cheaply. Also, the 9000 is not a dx9 compatable piece of hardware so you would gain nothing over the 7500. In regard to updates and support, the 7500 cards still get all the regular driver updates and MMC updates. The MMC 8.1 update is a free download. What they were charging 20 bucks for was the new DVD filters, since they changed companies and needed to recoup the new licensing fees that they have to pay for each downloaded copy of the filters. This is irrevelent to me, as I never used the ATI filters anyway, preferring to use the stand alone Sonic or Intervideo decoders anyway.