So, i hear this newfangled "High-Definition" fad has caught on, even on the YouTubes... i try to watch anything over 480p on youtube and all of a sudden, my CPU takes a 100% load. Now, i KNOW i don't have a fast CPU... (intel P4/478/2.8GHz/512 L2 Cache) but still, i thought that's what a dedicated GPU was FOR, was to take a load off the CPU... is there any possible way i could make my GPU primary loadbearer so i can enjoy some HD on my ancient system?
Bottlenecking. I know, I know...talking about HD and bottlenecking in the same forum post, shame on me >_> i was wondering if there's anyway to detect what exactly, (if anything) is bottlenecked on my computer, like say, my GPU? because as you can see in the attached image, my GPU was produced in '08, and reads as a PCI-E x16 in an x1 port (which is untrue, because it's a PCI card in a PCI port :-/ ) and my motherboard was manufactured in '02-abouts (it's got two of those newfangled SATA-1 ports on it, hot diggity!!!) and i was wondering if maybe the motherboard could possibly be holding it back at all.
OS question. My computer is IBM. IBM motherboard, IBM case, IBM everything but the aftermarket GPU and RAM. MY OS disc is a Compaq. My mother in her infinite wisdom says that she had to get a hold of a driver or file (she waffles about what she calls it) that if i'm missing, would keep me from accessing the internet. Is this true or not? because i have a Dual HDD setup, 80GB/320GB, and i want to dedicate the 80GB for a boot drive, and use the 320 to store all my loose files onto, etc. etc. And i HAVE to re-install my OS, because it's been in nonstop use for, 7 years now, and it's accumulated a bunch of junk processes and files i can't/don't know if it's a bad idea to- get rid of.
Lastly, any tips for having a dedicated boot drive?
sorry if i rambled on and on, i have the A.D.H.D. I tried to keep everything organized (a bit)
any help would be appreciated at all, thanks guys and gals!
EDIT: thanks to whoever moved the post into the appropriate place!!
Edited by halfnerdhybrid, 25 April 2010 - 05:31 AM.