I use a pentium 4 2.4ghz with 512mb ddr and a ati8500 as a media center in my living room, its good for divx and playing old_but_still_good games, but now i want more and i want to be able to watch 720p on it without slowdowns so...what video card would you recomend taking in mind i wouldnt want to spend more than 60€ on it?
Youre gonna need more if you want to play HD movies. Either a very good multi-core CPU or a card with HD encoding, HD 2000/3000/4000, Nvidia 8/9/GTX. That 8500 can support the proper resolution though.
Any cheap agp hd 3x50 will do its also future proof if you wana upgrade your monitor/tv down the road. The 7 series are also good at decoding video. I saw a 7300gt once bringing down the cpu usage to zero percent while watching a dvd in media centre using vlcplayer.