Hi Im thinking of finally building a player for my cinema system. I dumped the hdd+xvid stuff becuase its going to be history very soon in favour of building a PC that would handle x264 up to 1080p. For this Im considering multiple options and one of them is sticking with Nforce2 based board (NF7-S) with barton 2500+ cpu. Reason for this is not only that I already have it doing nothing on a shelf but that this motherboard has the feature of hardware encoding into Dolby Digital which works very well. Cpu overclocked is 'almost' enough for x264 but the only way to go is not to overclock and somehow accelerate it so the CPU stays cooler. Is there any possible Video card with AGP that would help my barton do that x264 ? I doubt there are hardware encoders for x264 so AGP is the only choice. For playing I tried ffdshow/coreavc.