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#1 carguy1000

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:22 PM

I have an older computer that is used when the other one is monopolized by the family or on the fritz. It has a pentium 4 processor running at 1.8GHz. I have windows XP professional with the latest updates. The motherboard is maxed out at 768Mb PC 133 SDRAM memory. my video card is a GeForce 4MX 440 with 64 Mb. I have this system set up for web use only, with nothing other than virus and firewall software. The problem is that while streaming video it is not usually smooth unless on the lower quality setting, even if downloaded. It stops and starts expecially if I try medium quality HD content. Picture is good, and sound is good,just the video image stops and starts every few seconds. (stutters)

Iknow that my system is hopelessly old, but was wondering what is the best I can do with the current memory, processor and motherboard? Would a new video card with more memory improve this situation? What kind? Is there a screen resolution or other settings that would maximize what I have? Should i even think about overclocking the processor?

Thanks for your advice

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 03:40 PM

What is the model of the motherboard?

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 04:29 PM

You need to stay away from HD quality, it's way too cpu intensive, however upgrading the video card will help a lot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600007850&IsNodeId=1&name=AGP%204X%2f8X

My cpu and ram are probably twice as fast as yours and I still max them out with HD video.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129137

This vid card was the best for what you need.

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Edited by DaChew, 25 October 2010 - 04:31 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:29 AM

Also, how much can you spend on the graphics?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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