Watching video on my computer (eg YouTube 480p) is choppy. My system specs are below. I understand that YouTube uses flash and CPU, but would a new graphics card would help off-load some of the work? If so, which one do you suggest? Thanks.
GRAPHICS CARD BUDGET RANGE: < $150
USAGE: Watching videos
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X; ENERMAX EG365P-VE 350W
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
AMD Athlon 64 3000
Abit KV8 Pro CPU AMD socket 754
1.5 GB RAM
Its either you Internet connection or your Ram.
Your CPU is not the issue my daughters PC has one and its fine. I wouldn't like to guess how much actual Ram you have available really. 1.5GB cant be running in dual mode so thats not optimal, then taking the OS and GPU into the equation you probably have less than 1GB actually available to the system.
2GB running in dual mode would help, obviously if it is teh Internet connection then thats moot. System wise it sticks out like a sore thumb to me though.
I should clarify that the video in 480p was not bad - quite watchable. However, watching carefully, I could see the video tearing/stuttering slightly from time to time. My CPU usage was running about 80%, with occasional spikes to 100% that corresponded to the playback defects. The video was well buffered accoring to the progress bar (& I have a FIOS internet connection) and I didn't think the problem was my internet bandwidth.
Having replaced the video card, the CPU usage for 480p video is now 60% with no real spikes and the video is smooth. CPU usage for 720p video is now 80% with no spikes and smooth video. The video card is much quieter than my old card to boot.
I was hoping the card would allow me to watch my 1080p videos from my camcorder. However, they ACVHD videos in a .MTS format and still don't play.