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Time for a new graphics card or a new PC?

I have an OptiPlex GX280 connected to the TV to play HD videos full screen. Specs on the PC:



The PC outputs DVI to the TV at 1920x1080, and with that combination, 1080 or even 720 video looks choppy (to say the least).

I'd like video to run at 30fps or higher. Can I get away with just upgrading the graphics card to something more modern or is it time to finally replace this old box?
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  1. It srsly has 2 pentium 4's?!???!?!!?
    I think videos from youtube and stuff is more cpu dependant then anything. Watch a vid with task manager open and see if your at 100%.

    If so, its a cpu bottelneck and you may as well get a new one. If not, maybe we can help find a gpu.
  2. masterman467 said:
    It srsly has 2 pentium 4's?!???!?!!?
    I think videos from youtube and stuff is more cpu dependant then anything. Watch a vid with task manager open and see if your at 100%.

    If so, its a cpu bottelneck and you may as well get a new one. If not, maybe we can help find a gpu.



    device manager labels the cpus per thread it has, for instance, it labels my i3-2120 as 4 seperate entries(2 cores, 2 hyperthreads)
  3. masterman467 said:
    It srsly has 2 pentium 4's?!???!?!!?
    Hyperthreading.

    Hmm... XBMC is using 50% when idle
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    I'd say its time to move. even the lowest end AMD APU(A4's) would outperform it graphically and cpu wise probably. I would think you can find cheap A4 desktops on sale occasionally for htpc use
  5. Probably want to upgrade, man.
  6. Best answer selected by huskyfan8.
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