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2 year old HTPC with Choppy playback only in HD

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January 12, 2012 12:15:58 AM

Hello,

I am at a loss for what is causing my choppy video playback. When ever I play a 720p or 1080p video, it not fluid at all. Its noticable but not horrible choppyness. It's enough though that it makes me stop watching the movie bc i feel sick. I'm not sure if i need to upgrade my video card, processor or ram or all the the above. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Here are my specs:
Windows 7 32bit ultimate
Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS M3N78-EM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.1GHz Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor ADV6000DOBOX
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2K2/2GR

Note: Im playing ripped movies from the local machines HD. Regular DVD's play fine but Bluray is slightly choppy.

Also, if its a video card issue i would need a recommendation for a good small form factor video card to fit in my current case (IN WIN BL631.300TBL Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 300W Power Supply)
a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 12:27:23 AM

Are you using a program that supports GPU acceleration of movies?
a c 251 U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 12:41:46 AM

You are using intergrated graphics chip to play movies? That could be your problem since intergrated graphics is not very good and the chip that you have may not be able to render the newer movies. You will definetly be better off with a seperate graphics card. This one will work with a 300w power supply.

SPARKLE SXT2401024S3-NM GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$69.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 12:42:34 AM
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The integrated 8300 won't be strong enough to play HD video. You can try running Media Player Classic - Home Cinema Edition and the CCCP codecs, but those are the best you can do.

I'd recommend a video card - I have this one in my HTPC (it's also low profile, this one includes the bracket):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 12:45:23 AM

Check for dust over heating will cause this.

Thent
January 12, 2012 12:50:46 AM

If you look on the Arcsoft TotalMedia Theater 5 (my prefered bluray playback software), you will see that the minimum requirement for the graphics card is a 8600 GT.
http://www.arcsoft.com/totalmedia-theatre/techspec.html
You are running a GeForce 8300 chipset which is a lot slower.
If you want to give you're self a little bit of head room and not having to worry about having any problems playing back bluray i would recommend you the AMD 6570. This particular model is fanless so this will be perfect fo your HTPC needs. This card is very small and your case looks to have plenty of space inside. This card will also be good for basic gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want you could also upgrade to 4GB of memory.
January 12, 2012 12:51:13 AM

Thank you guys for replying back so quickly!

Ok 2 things.

1. INzone you said that the SPARKLE SXT2401024S3-NM GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card would be a good choice. Will it fit in my case (IN WIN BL631.300TBL Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 300W Power Supply) From the pics it looks to big esp. with the bracket.

2. Inanition02 I like the one you sent me as well. But from what I see int he pictures it looks like the smaller bracket only have a opening for VGA and I would like to run HDMI. Is there something Im missing? Is it possible tohave HDMi with the smaller bracket?
January 12, 2012 12:53:35 AM

Ok nevermind I see it comes with two brackets.....im an idiot. LOL.

So everything else looks good? Only thing I need to change is the video card?
a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 12:57:19 AM

radeon187 said:
Thank you guys for replying back so quickly!

Ok 2 things.

1. INzone you said that the SPARKLE SXT2401024S3-NM GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card would be a good choice. Will it fit in my case (IN WIN BL631.300TBL Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 300W Power Supply) From the pics it looks to big esp. with the bracket.

2. Inanition02 I like the one you sent me as well. But from what I see int he pictures it looks like the smaller bracket only have a opening for VGA and I would like to run HDMI. Is there something Im missing? Is it possible tohave HDMi with the smaller bracket?


Well, I know it wasn't to me but, for 1, but the Sparkle card isn't low profile so it won't fit.

For 2, the low profile bracket is actually two brackets - one that has VGA and one that has HDMI and DVI (if you don't have room for the second one, you can skip the VGA). You can see both brackets in the 4th picture. I'm using it in a low profile case right now with both low profile brackets and connected to my TV with HDMI. Plays 1080p MKV and MP4 files no sweat. (If you want to see the rest of my HTPC specs, check out the link in my signature.
a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 12:58:13 AM

radeon187 said:
Ok nevermind I see it comes with two brackets.....im an idiot. LOL.

So everything else looks good? Only thing I need to change is the video card?


Should be - more RAM wouldn't hurt, of course, but you should be okay if you don't run anything in the background.
January 12, 2012 1:01:49 AM

The only thing else that would be running is Boxee. Should that be fine?
a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 1:06:25 AM

Check your memory usage with it running and see how much free physical memory you have.
January 12, 2012 1:10:16 AM

Thanks Everyone for your help! I really appriceiate it. I will be ordering the video card tonight.
January 24, 2012 12:12:17 PM

Best answer selected by radeon187.
January 24, 2012 12:14:36 PM

Got my ASUS EAH6570/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card in yesterday. Installed it and ran two 1080p movies(I Am Legend & The Dark Knight) back to back with no problems. Its absolutely flawless! Thanks everyone.
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 24, 2012 12:30:59 PM

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