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Will a better AGP 8X card get me there?

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August 23, 2010 9:57:47 PM

I have a 7-year-old Dell Gen 2 XPS tower (Pentium 4, 2.86 GHz, 4 GB RAM). The existing AGP 8X card is ATI Radeon 9800 Pro with 128 MB. This configuration doesn't have quite enough power to play .m4v 720p TV shows from iTunes - much less 1080p video. The display card also fails the Windows 7 upgrade advisor tests.

Is there another AGP 8X card that would play 720p and run Windows 7... or must I start over with a more modern system?

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August 23, 2010 10:06:58 PM

Yes, the best AGP card (and maybe the last) agp can do what you need, as long as those things are only media tasks. What is your budget?
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August 24, 2010 1:33:52 AM

4650 AGP cards can be had for ~70 to 80... If you wanted to game I would say just upgrade to a current pci-e cpu/m-board.
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August 24, 2010 2:22:39 AM

Helltech, which card is this? It must cost less than a new PC, right?
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August 24, 2010 2:28:46 AM

To handle HD video you will need to use that card and a player that enables GPU accelerated decoding.
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August 24, 2010 4:39:25 AM

I've been using VLC for years. As of June 2010, they claim it has GPU acceleration. Would VLC be able to play at least 720p with the 4650/4670 on the Dell P4/2.86?
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August 24, 2010 4:52:12 AM

milo47 said:
I've been using VLC for years. As of June 2010, they claim it has GPU acceleration. Would VLC be able to play at least 720p with the 4650/4670 on the Dell P4/2.86?


Yes, It should to it to a quite reasonable standard at that too, Although I wouldn't recommend that card for gaming.
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August 24, 2010 1:16:50 PM

Thanks, folks. I'll give the 46X0/VLC combination a try.
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