Video Card Upgrade

Asus A7a266 motherboard
February 14, 2010 at 11:37:50
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, AMD K6-2 @ 501MHz/416 RAM
I have a home-made PC desktop running Windows XP Pro SP3, with ASUS mainboard A7A266 and AMD Athlon 1200 Mhz Processor. The video card is NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64. Physical memory is 1 GB. When I view video clips on Youtube, the video, and sometimes the audio, is choppy. Do I need to upgrade my AGP video card? If so, what recommendations do you have, considering my existing mainboard, RAM, and processor?

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#1
February 14, 2010 at 12:16:41
Youtube, Hulu, and many other video services use Flash to show the video. Flash is notoriously CPU intensive. Upgrading your video card may (it is rather old) or may not help, but I would start by looking at how much your CPU is being taxed when playing the videos.

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#2
February 14, 2010 at 12:18:48
Although your display adapter is pretty crappy. If you are having problems just watching YouTube videos, its very likely not due to your crappy card, but bandwidth & the quality of the multimedia files you are watching.

What type of connection are you on?

Are you usually downloading "stuff" while watching the video?

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#3
February 14, 2010 at 14:09:29
RT: My CPU was between 70 and 80%, while viewing the Youtube videos.

Sabertooth: I have Verizon DSL, with download speed of 2.0 mb/s, and upload speed of 0.67 mb/s.

Is it still looking like a new vid card won't make much of a difference? What I usually have to do, is download the videos to my hard drive, and then watch them with Windows Media Player.


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#4
February 14, 2010 at 15:02:16
Seems like your CPU is getting pretty maxed out. Also, since you can download/play them in WMP (not using Flash player), it would seem to confirm that position.

As pointed out, it could also be your connection, but to rule that out, you could pause the YouTube/Hulu video and let it buffer all the way before playing it.

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#5
February 14, 2010 at 15:13:47
it's your video card. you need to upgrade it to something that can handle modern flash video properly. All you need is some cheap fairly modern agp card nothing great and that will take care of a lot of your problems viewing flash videos from youtube. etc....

EVGA GEFORCE 6200LE AGP 8X/4X 256MB GDDR2 DVI-I VIDEO CARD-RETAIL

34.99 Free shipping

http://www.acnt.com/product.asp?pf_...

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#6
February 14, 2010 at 15:41:29
Ryan, I paused a Youtube video, as your suggestion, to let it buffer out. However, when I started Play, it still was choppy...only the video. I downloaded it to my computer, and converted to .avi file. I was mistaken. Windows Media Player would only play the audio. I was able to play the whole audio and video in VLC media player, and it was smooth.

It's probably not worth spending more money on this machine. I'd hate to take a chance on buying a new video card, and it still have the same problem. What do you think?


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#7
February 14, 2010 at 17:42:10
Cobra, that sounds encouraging. I just might try upgrading my card. Have you dealt with ACNT before? I read some horrible reviews about this company on RESELLERRATINGS.COM.

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#8
February 14, 2010 at 18:55:47
I have a card that's more than capable of decoding multimedia files & I run into choppy videos from time to time. There are factors that your card will not be able resolve. However, using VLC to decode videos is a great move, the program plays just about anything one throws at it.

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#9
February 14, 2010 at 21:46:53
Take into account what you know:
-Fully buffer YouTube videos are choppy when played online (using flash player)
-CPU usage is going to 80% when using flash player
-Same videos downloaded play fine with VLC

All that tells us it is not your video card, but your CPU and it's inability to handle the videos/Flash player. Upgrading your video card may help in other areas (playing games and such), but you won't see a difference with the Flash videos.

If you need more convincing, just search google for "flash videos cpu" and read about all the people with problems.

You are using an older, comparatively low powered CPU. That is what you need to upgrade. Unfortunately, that means you'll probably need to also upgrade your motherboard, so plan on spending a minimum of $175. may be more worth while to look into a new computer. Pretty much anything currently available that isn't a "netbook" or "net top" will be able to play Flash videos.

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#10
February 14, 2010 at 22:00:59
It's not soo much his cpu but the load that his cpu has to take, because of the poor video card he has in there. One of my very old pc's that I still have around has an AMD K6-2 550mhz cpu with an ATI Radeon 9250 running XP and I can play youtube videos on it under normal standard def decently still. If my very old AMD K6-2, 550mhz cpu can still play videos online decently, his Athlon XP 1200mhz can too with a better gpu.

DRIFTOMATIC, I have never heard of them to be honest, but if you are weary about them then your next bet would be to go on ebay.com and find someone that has good feedback selling a gpu like that really cheap then.

here is the same card running for 5 bucks right now on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Used-Nvidia-GeF...

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#11
February 15, 2010 at 04:57:29
WOW, RT and Cobra, thanks so much for the information. I guess it would be worth the gamble to try an upgraded card for 5 or 10 bucks from ebay, but not much more than that. If I can't get it to play videos smoothly, I can continue to download them to my hard drive. I just can't afford a new computer right now, with being out of work. I really do appreciate all the advice.

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#12
February 15, 2010 at 14:13:35
No problem. But i'd def look around ebay and see what you can get for a cheap price. With a system that old it's not worth paying a lot in upgrades. All you need is a cheap gpu, to play videos smoothly.

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