Will a better AGP 8X card get me there?

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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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Helltech, which card is this? It must cost less than a new PC, right?
  4. The best is a 4670, if you arn't using it for gaming it will get you by for a long time.

    Here is a 4650 that would be good for you.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102851&cm_re=4650-_-14-102-851-_-Product

    You dont need a 4670, but here it is for reference

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161337&cm_re=4670-_-14-161-337-_-Product
  5. To handle HD video you will need to use that card and a player that enables GPU accelerated decoding.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. Thanks, folks. I'll give the 46X0/VLC combination a try.
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