Best old cheap graphics card under $20

Hi,
I recently got an old HP d530 desktop (P4 2.4ghz, 2gb memory, PSU 185W) which I intend to put a 1.5TB HD into and use as a server for my music, file backup and internet. I also have a SB audigy 4 sound card in the machine but no other cards; the machine can take AGP and PCI but not PCI-e.

My problem is that when I start a AVI or MPG, the video gets jumpy (low FPS) and CPU usage shoots up. I have no plans on playing any games, but I would like to see if I can take some pressure off the CPU to make video playback smoother.

What is the best cheap old video card that I can get for less than $20 on ebay given the puny power suppy of this machine? GeForce 2? Radeon 7500? Something else?

Thanks,

Dan
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  1. Look on tigerdirect they have cheap cards that should do great on a server hope that will help. :)
  2. you should also try newegg.com
  3. or geeks.com
  4. Would try Ebay.

    If you want, I could scramble up a AGP card for ya.
  5. johnson_dan said:
    Hi,
    I recently got an old HP d530 desktop (P4 2.4ghz, 2gb memory, PSU 185W) which I intend to put a 1.5TB HD into and use as a server for my music, file backup and internet. I also have a SB audigy 4 sound card in the machine but no other cards; the machine can take AGP and PCI but not PCI-e.

    My problem is that when I start a AVI or MPG, the video gets jumpy (low FPS) and CPU usage shoots up. I have no plans on playing any games, but I would like to see if I can take some pressure off the CPU to make video playback smoother.

    What is the best cheap old video card that I can get for less than $20 on ebay given the puny power suppy of this machine? GeForce 2? Radeon 7500? Something else?

    Thanks,

    Dan

    Only newer graphics cards will be able to take over video decoding, and even then, it will only be on videos encoded with certain codecs (HD codecs H.264, VC1, etc). You should be able to get an AGP 4650, or a PCI 8400GS that will be able to do this, but certainly not for under $20.
  6. GPu for 20$ ? is this somekind of joke?
  7. ^ ?

    There are plenty of 10$ and lower past gen cards on Ebay.
  8. johnson_dan said:
    Hi,
    I recently got an old HP d530 desktop (P4 2.4ghz, 2gb memory, PSU 185W) which I intend to put a 1.5TB HD into and use as a server for my music, file backup and internet. I also have a SB audigy 4 sound card in the machine but no other cards; the machine can take AGP and PCI but not PCI-e.

    My problem is that when I start a AVI or MPG, the video gets jumpy (low FPS) and CPU usage shoots up. I have no plans on playing any games, but I would like to see if I can take some pressure off the CPU to make video playback smoother.

    What is the best cheap old video card that I can get for less than $20 on ebay given the puny power suppy of this machine? GeForce 2? Radeon 7500? Something else?

    Thanks,

    Dan


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