Yes, my current motherboard has a PCI-E slot, but it is not 2.0. I have read that 2.0 was 100% backward compatible with 1.0, so I guess this should be fine. I had VDPAU in mind when I asked the question. So I guess it would be worth getting only that card or some fanless ASUS 9600GT I have seen on NCIX and give it a try to see how much a difference it makes. The video I was testing was 720p... Would it be worth getting a 1G card for this purpose or is it too much? What kind of new hardware are you referring too exactly?