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I am going to build a HTPC and want to use what kit I have from an old computer. I have a Voodoo 3 16meg with TV out.


Will this be ok for output to my TV (PAL)?


I will want to play DVD's as well and since it has no hardware stuff for DVD's will I need a very powerful CPU? AMD 1800's are quite cheap so it will probably be at least that.
 

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Yes it should be ok provided your motherboard supports it. The Voodoo3 is an AGP2X board I believe and it accepts only AGP3.3V. Many newer motherboards that support AGP8X only provide AGP1.5V and thus your Voodoo3 won't work on those boards. You will need a motherboard that does NOT support AGP8X, i.e. only AGP4X and below. I believe this rules out all the newer boards such as the nforce2 and KT600.
 

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You can play DVDs with a basic 1GHz CPU, of even less. However, if you're gonna be rescaling it and applying filters(sharpness, deinterlacing, etc) then you'll probably need a 2+GHz class CPU.
 
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