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July 14, 2010 5:11:29 AM

Sys Info:
Motherboard:Intel 845GBV
Ram: 1GB
Processor: 2Ghz P 4
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
Graphic card socket: AGP

Hi guys,

I will not be able to upgrade my system for atleast 1 year.

But I am facing challanges in viewing HD movies hence was thing of purchasing a decent AGP graphics card which is best value for money.

Please advise.


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July 14, 2010 6:08:15 AM

Hi Harish -
Almost two years ago I bought an ATI HD 2600 512mb AGP; Ran Fallout3 reasonably well with a P4-2.8Ghz w/2mb PC3200...
About a year ago, I then I picked up an HIS 4670 1GB AGP for about $80; No idea on any OC capability, but that's the best running AGP card I've been able to find. VGA/DVI/HDMI.

It needs AGP 8x, which should be supported by your P4.
a c 177 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 6:15:46 AM

The 4650 tends to be the best performing AGP card when you consider price/performance. That slow P4 will hold it back a bunch, but its probably the best buy still. Another one to consider is the 7600GS.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 8:53:43 AM

I agree that a 4650 is going to be the best bet for your needs

a c 177 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 11:29:37 AM

for viewing HD movies you should have a dual core CPU of some sort. You would probablyjust be wasting money on the GFXcard. For a minor performance boost, just get the cheapest AGP card you can get that has hardware video decoding.
a c 177 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 11:37:16 AM

If the GPU is doing the decoding you don't need a dual core CPU. Just a GPU with a new enough decode set.
July 14, 2010 2:06:24 PM

** Note - a graphics card with a built-in HDMI will often support audio through the same cable; S-Video can give you high-resolution (not positive on *how* high, or HD), but will require an additional audio-out solution.

This was the model I decided on; At the time, it had a better rebate with a final cost of ~$80

Of course, if you wouldn't mind an 'open box' (which often means someone found a better deal or purchased the wrong item, but can sometimes mean they fried the card - however I think Newegg tests their returns(?) )

You could also save a little with a bit older card:

You're in a rough spot with needing AGP, as most of the cards that support HD are newer, and thus are still more costly than they should be - where as PCI-E cards can be found in the $5-10 (reference GF210) with HDMI, and handle HD @ 1080p just fine (haven't tried blueray yet though).
July 14, 2010 4:24:07 PM


AGP cards were hard to find.

I went to one of the hardware vendor to ask for best and here is what he has to offer:

AGP Geforce 6600GT 512mb--Rs. 2900 ($65)
AGP ATI Sapphire HD Radeon 3450 512mb--3200 ($75)

Almost same price, can you guys tell me which is better?

a c 177 U Graphics card
July 14, 2010 4:26:46 PM

3450. The AMD cards that were out when the Nvidia 6 series was out were the x8xx cards. The 8 series was out when the 3xxx came out from AMD. It would support a newer decoder then the 6600GT.
July 14, 2010 4:57:31 PM

4745454b, I think you are right.

Here are the Spec for latest release:

I/O Output: DVI+HDMI
Core Clock: 600 MHz
Memory Clock: Effective 800 MHz
AGP8x/4x bus interface
512MB /64bit DDR2 memory interface
Single Slot Active Cooler
On-Board HDMI, supports video only
On-Board HDMI, supports video only
Shader Model 4.1 Support
SKU Number: 11160-00

Thanks guys for your valuable advice!!!!
July 15, 2010 6:40:02 PM

Hi I bought the HD Radon 3450 512 graphics card and installed it....
now when I try to set the bios settings it show me Max AGP aperture size 256 MB there something wrong?
July 15, 2010 7:03:30 PM

Nothing's wrong. Aperture size isn't the card's memory :) . If I'm not mistaken, it's used as a sort of virtual memory for video cards.
July 15, 2010 7:59:49 PM

dirkw83 said:
Nothing's wrong. Aperture size isn't the card's memory :) . If I'm not mistaken, it's used as a sort of virtual memory for video cards.

Thank god!....I was thinking that it is max supported memory......
July 22, 2010 11:24:52 AM

Sys Info:
Motherboard:Intel 845GBV
Ram: 1GB
Processor: 2Ghz P 4
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
Graphic card: AGP HD Radon 3450 512 MB Ram.

I have set the AGP aperture to 256 MB

I tried using VLAN, KMPlayer, Cyberlink DVD player, etc.

I am able to play 720p movies. However, 1080p movies run in slow motion.

it seems my investment for AGP card is not bearing fruits :( 

not sure what is going wrong, Can anyone help?
a c 177 U Graphics card
July 22, 2010 11:55:16 AM

Have you tried looking for any "run on GPU" in the options for those players? VLC has only recently come out with a copy that will run on the GPU, and for that to work it must be an Nvidia one. I'm not sure about the other two.

I think there is something called windows media player classic:HD. See if that will work with your 3450.
July 22, 2010 12:46:06 PM

Oops! how I forgot to mention that problem. 4745454b thanks for reminding that.

I actually tried the hardware acceleration(I think it makes u to utilize GPU) I also used option "Run on GPU ".

When I do that the the movie seems to runs in normal motion, however the screen is cannot see the is just green or random color...not even pixelated pictures.

Not sure what is causing that problem.....
a c 177 U Graphics card
July 22, 2010 2:15:28 PM

Sounds like it can't handle whatever codec is used in the video. I'm not sure what program works best for a case like this. My machines at home are good enough to run 1080p, so I've never had this issue. I would try that WMPC:HD program. I do know I've heard good things about it.
July 22, 2010 5:23:52 PM


I will try MPC-HD and let you know...
July 22, 2010 5:33:00 PM

Actually it WMPC-HC I couldn't find WMPC-HD
a c 177 U Graphics card
July 22, 2010 8:43:26 PM

Thats probably the one. Give it a shot.
July 25, 2010 9:24:18 AM

Tried WMPC-HC and various still did not work...
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 25, 2010 9:49:57 AM

I would think the rest of the PC specs are holding you back.
While the card does have the needed hardware decoding support it doesn't come close to taking the full load off of the CPU and a P4 @2GHz really is pushing it as far as minimum requirements goes. While you may well get away with that with the cards help, the real issue i feel is the 1GB of system Ram.
As you can run 720 fine it would seem logical to me that the issue is with the higher work load and the obvious thing that i can see is the lack of system Ram. Putting in a second GB would only help things but i couldn't guarantee it would solve the issue.

a c 177 U Graphics card
July 25, 2010 10:14:15 AM

Its my understanding that if the GPU is doing the work, the CPU should basically be idle. I'm not sure how system ram might play into this. I'm also sure the CPU still plays a part, but I would think its a minor one.

Thought just occurred to me, you have loaded the ATI?AMD drivers right? Your not using the basic built into windows ones are you?
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 25, 2010 10:30:37 AM

All the testing that i can dig up was done with Core2 chips. Got this from Toms.
"Ever since the 2x00 series, ATI’s graphics chips have supported HD video encoding, unburdening the CPU and thus lowering CPU usage. When Power DVD is used to play back high-def content, a Core 2 Duo system equipped with a Radeon HD 2400, 2600, 3450 or 3650 should show a CPU load of between 20 and 30 percent. When the wrong playback software is used, CPU usage can quickly climb to over 60 percent. Similar problems can occur with older releases of Power DVD or OEM versions. As a rule, updating the player software to the current version should reduce CPU usage."

So if using the wrong Software a C2D could be working at up to 60% then a P4 especially one clocked so low would be in trouble I'm guessing.
The key thing is that the software should support UVD.
Here is the article

a c 177 U Graphics card
July 25, 2010 12:02:05 PM

Right, and I know that VLC doesn't do this, but I would think that WPMC:HC would. If anyone knows of software that works for sure by all means suggest it.
July 25, 2010 12:39:59 PM


I am using the ATI drivers....not the windows one...
I tried using Cyberlink, Nero Vision, installed Klite codec but nothing seems to work...
a c 177 U Graphics card
July 25, 2010 1:51:43 PM

Klite is a codec package and isn't what your looking for. I doubt nero has brought this tech into their program yet. I'm not familiar enough with Cyberlink to know if they do or not. From what I've read the WMPC:HC should do this. Assuming you just downloaded this program you should have the most recent version so its not that either. I know that upgrading your CPU and RAM will solve the problem, but I'm not sure why it won't work having the card do it.
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 25, 2010 2:27:52 PM

Taken from what i last posted.
"When Power DVD is used"
I have no personal experience with this, I'm just taking it from the article i looked up because tho OP was having no luck. i would still say that 1GB of Ram isn't helping though.

July 25, 2010 3:06:22 PM

I mean if you wanted to be really silly you could get a 3850. That and some beastly cooling so you can OC the P4 and get less of a bottleneck.