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May 16, 2009 1:32:30 AM

Hi Everyone,

I've recently bought a blu-ray writer and a 23" Samsung 2343bw monitor. I've ripped some discs onto my harddrive, but I found that the video is very laggy. I'm not sure if the bottleneck is with my CPU or videocard, or both :( 

I bought this computer 2 years ago. Here's my current build:

Asus P5B
Intel E6300
2GB DDR2 RAM
One 500GB SATA harddrive and one 1TB SATA harddrive
Pioneer DVR-112D dvd writer
LG BH08 SATA blu-ray writer
BFG 7600 GT OC 256mb DDR3
Crappy no-name 450w PSU

I was planning to buy either a 9600GT 512MB DDR3 or 4670HD 1GB DDR3 video card. I'm just afraid that my CPU is the bottleneck and after spending $100 to upgrade the video card, I find that I have to spend another 200-300 on the CPU/motherboard. I'm GUESSING I also might need to upgrade the PSU, there's no 6pin power plug on it. The PSU is pretty stable for the moment, it hasn't crashed or froze my computer in the past 2 years.

I'm using this computer to view ripped m2ts videos, blu-ray discs (minor complaint, I have to watch blu-ray using VGA, because my video card is not HDCP compliant), minor video encoding/photo editing (current video encoding and photo editing speeds are fine for me). The only video games I play are not graphic intensive. The newest game I bought and played only required P4 2.8Ghz and a 128mb 3d video card. :ange:  I don't anticipate being a heavy gamer in the recent future either.

Can anyone chime in with their opinions? Should I invest in a better videocard or not? My budget for the whole upgrade is under $200CDN. Thank you! :love: 

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May 16, 2009 1:47:53 AM

I would go with the HD4670 it is light years ahead of the 7600GT in HD playback.
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May 16, 2009 1:49:13 AM

And you do not need to replace your PSU there is no external power plug on the HD4670
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May 16, 2009 2:16:29 AM

I would say that hdcp is your main problem and so long as your monitor is compliant then adding any compliant gfx card will fix the issue
May 16, 2009 8:11:48 PM

+1, the HD 4550 would be a suitable upgrade for HDCP over that 7600GT.

GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100252HDMI Radeon HD 4550 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4550/DI/512MD3 LP Radeon HD 4550 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also the 4350's are good for HDCP and DXVA

SAPPHIRE 100264HDMI Radeon HD 4350 512MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 16, 2009 8:59:40 PM

Thank you for your replies! Looks like 4670 is the way to go.

One more question, I was looking at the prices on this card from local computer shop and newegg.ca. The comp store lists the card as "LITE RETAIL" whereas newegg.ca is just RETAIL. What's the difference between LITE RETAIL and RETAIL? The manufacturer product number are both listed as 100256L.

Newegg ships by UPS, and no one's usually home when UPS delivers so I'll need to drive to the UPS service center to pick it up, which is 30 min away. I'd rather buy it at the computer store, since it's a few bucks cheaper and I'll get it faster. However, if the difference between LITE and RETAIL is big, then I'll get it via newegg.

Thanks again!

May 16, 2009 9:01:02 PM

AKM880 said:
+1, the HD 4550 would be a suitable upgrade for HDCP over that 7600GT.

GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100252HDMI Radeon HD 4550 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4550/DI/512MD3 LP Radeon HD 4550 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also the 4350's are good for HDCP and DXVA

SAPPHIRE 100264HDMI Radeon HD 4350 512MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the suggestions! I'll take a look at those cards rightaway.

Looks like I'm back to the old drawing board to decide price vs. specs :D 
May 20, 2009 1:47:07 AM

Thank you everyone! I went out and bought the HD4670 1GB DDR3 this afternoon. I haven't ran the benchmark tests yet, but so far, it's running great for blu-rays and HD video :D 
May 20, 2009 1:52:09 AM

:D 
The CPU shouldn't be a bottleneck, in the worse case, just overclock it... :ange: 
!