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Re: Choppy play with high quality video
A replacemnet video card would help some, but you still have the problem of the 440 mhz processor.
There is not a lot you can do about the processor outside of rebuilding the whole computer. If for some reason that is not an option for you, then yeah, a $20 video card from ebay might give some relief (if you know what to get.. AGP or PCI), but don't be surprised if your processor is just too taxed to render high quality video at the proper rate.
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The ATI Rage XL 8MB PCI video card is a very old and low power video card.
PCI graphics cards are not as fast as AGP graphics cards so if your motherboard has an AGP slot (it's the slot closest to the CPU and is usually coloured brown) then that would give you better performance.
These days AGP has been superceded by PCI-Express but since your motherboard does not have a PCI-Express slot then the best graphics card for it would be something like this one:
accelerates the latest cutting edge 3D applications
Available in both a 128-bit and 64-bit memory data path interface
ATI RADEON™ 9250 VPU operating at 240 MHz
Supports the AGP 8X and AGP 4x standard or PCI Bus, providing a high-speed link between the graphics board and the rest of the PC
Four pixel shader pipeline
Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 8.1 and DX9 compliance and the latest OpenGL® functionality
VIDEO IMMERSION™ and FULLSTREAM™ technologies which provide for amazing video playback quality.
Integrated DV support for Flat Panel displays
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The industry's most stable unified graphics software But since its only a 256 mb graphics card. ATI Radeon™ HD 4770 Graphics is the best if you don't want to buy a costly one. its the most economical graphicss card.
ATI Radeon™ HD 4770DirectX®10.1 512MB, GDDR5 640 Stream Processors ATI Stream Technology 51.2 GB/s Memory Bandwidth DVI, DVI, TVO ATI CrossFireX™ Technology (up to 2 GPUs) PCI Express 2.0 x 16 since most of the games are compatible with Directx 10 and 11 this would be the one..