I build a pc for my kids back in December (santa brought all the parts *wink*) and everything works great except for one annoying issue. Their old monitor was absolute crap. I knew they needed a new one and figured it would also fix the issue we were having. It *appears* to be a frame rate issue. When you try scrolling down it isn't smooth at all. If you're watching streaming videos, like on hulu, it reminds me of the old time movies that were really choppy. Hopefully that makes sense because I'm having a really hard time describing the issue.
Well, I found where you could adjust the frame rate on the computer but it won't let me. The options to change it are grayed out. Now I'm looking to install a video card but have no idea what to get that would be compatible. A friend of ours gave us one that he never used but it won't fit in my only empty slot on the mobo. The card is a GeForce MX 4000. Since it's not going to work I need some suggestions for what will. Keep in mind this is a kids' computer so we're not looking for top of the line, hardcore gaming graphics. The most they do is play flash games, cruise the internet and watch videos.
Yes, I have the onboard Via Chrome. Just went and checked if there was a driver update and whaddya know, everything is working perfectly now! *woohoo* All fixed and it didn't cost a cent. Those are the best fixes.
Can't believe I didn't think to check this before. What a relief
Thank you all for your patience. I really do appreciate all the help!
Your motherboard has a PCI-E x16 slot available. I bet you got a GeForce MX 4000 AGP, that's why it won't fit in the slot. Funny, I used one of those exact cards in the past. It was good enough to play Diablo 2 at 800x600 and movies at 1680x1050, but really choppy, not a pleasure to use.
Tell us what kind of PSU you have and how much you are willing to spend on the video card. In general, this sounds like a job for the HD 3850 512MB, best card around $125 and doesn't demand a huge PSU. Compare that with the 8600GT at around $100, which has about half the speed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161216
Edit: I hadn't seen your post above yet. If the kids are happy with that onboard video then congratulations, and don't spend any money on a video card. But, if they discover some recent games, you may want a video card. Typically even the weakest discrete video card beats onboard video. Maybe wait a month or so for prices to drop more - there will be some new releases soon and that will make the HD 3850 cheaper, I think.
I may decide to do that in the future. Gonna see how this works for now. Like I said, it's for my kids (5 & 11) so it doesn't need to be top of the line. Thanks for the tip there because I had no idea what type of card would work. I'll make sure to make a note of it.