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Optiplex 745 Graphics Card?????

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February 22, 2013 6:06:41 PM

HI, i have a dell optiplex 745 that i am trying to use to watch my movies but i get glitchy adio and video.

http://www.almashhed.com/imgcache/4011.imgcache.jpg

I have the tower second the right and i want a good graphics card to watch hi-res movies and not have any problems.
I can give you more information on my specific tower, just let me know what you need to know.

????????

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a c 218 U Graphics card
February 22, 2013 6:19:47 PM

What is your budget?
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February 22, 2013 6:29:36 PM

I don't really have a budget. It isn't for playing video games. I have it set up to my tv to play movies on. what is a good graphics card that isn't too pricey but will work good?

Extra info-
Windows 7 32-bit
3 Gb Ram
Intel Pentium 4 inside
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February 22, 2013 6:29:47 PM

I don't really have a budget. It isn't for playing video games. I have it set up to my tv to play movies on. what is a good graphics card that isn't too pricey but will work good?

Extra info-
Windows 7 32-bit
3 Gb Ram
Intel Pentium 4 inside
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February 22, 2013 8:00:10 PM

The GT610 work as it is 64-bit?
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a b U Graphics card
February 22, 2013 8:44:23 PM

Its a graphics card. Although more bits are nice but thats only for gaming. You're only watching videos. You'll be able to run HD videos fine with any of those cards. But if you're thinking about gaming then forget it. Those cards are only meant for HTPC PC's (Media PC) and not for gaming
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February 28, 2013 8:45:53 PM

So i ordered the Geforce GT610 and put it in the computer but the computer wont recognize it. It will display picture through the hdmi port but it is not in the list of DISPLAY ADAPTERS. Under that it says there is only the STANDARD VGA GRAPHICS ADAPTER. help????????

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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 1, 2013 12:19:16 AM

Now you need to load the drivers for the GT610.
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March 1, 2013 4:45:34 AM

Installed drivers from geforce website and tested a movie. Movie is still glitching but not very much. Audio is way behind???
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2013 4:49:17 PM

Which video chip your Dell has, I mean embeded? Is it NVIDIA or ATI? If ATI - you have to uninstall ATI drivers first, next get driver sweeper from Guru3d, there is short explanations on how to use it.
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March 1, 2013 6:28:11 PM

Kisianik said:
Which video chip your Dell has, I mean embeded? Is it NVIDIA or ATI? If ATI - you have to uninstall ATI drivers first, next get driver sweeper from Guru3d, there is short explanations on how to use it.


When i go to device manager and look under -display adapter- It show the NVIDIA Geforce GT 610. It that correct or what should i try?

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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 1, 2013 7:42:17 PM

You are good regarding installing the GT610. It also sounds like your drivers are properly configured as well.

The issue really is that you have a slow overall system. What video player are you using?
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a b U Graphics card
March 1, 2013 11:47:31 PM

It has Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 originally.
Which processor you have?
Per manual this is the possible options
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 1066MHz FSB Socket T with Dual Core technology XD, EM64T, 2MB and up to 4MB L2 cache, EIST and VT (E6000 series)
Intel® Pentium® D 800MHz FSB Socket T with Dual Core technology XD, EM64T, 2x2MB L2 cache, EIST, and VT on 950/960 (900 series)
Intel® Pentium® D 800MHz FSB Socket T with Dual Core technology XD, EM64T, 2x1MB L2 cache (800 series)
Intel® Pentium® 4 800MHz FSB Socket T with HT, XD, EM64T, and 1MB L2 cache (500 series)
Intel® Celeron® D 533 MHz FSB Socket T with XD and EM64T (300 series)

Also memory, how much you have, it can have as little as 1 GB
Modules Types Supported - 512-MB, 1-GB, or 2-GB (800MHz not available in 2GB DIMM)
Maximum memory - 8 GB (2GB per channel)
Bandwidth - 533MHz: Up to 8.5 GB/s in dual channel mode
667MHz: 10.7 GB/s with dual channel
800MHz: 12.8 GB/s with dual channel

Please let us know all your specs
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March 2, 2013 12:34:39 AM

It has the Intel Pentium 4 Inside
3.5 Gb Ram It only says it can use 3Gb DDR2
If i put 4 2Gb ram cardss in would it help. Would it use all 8Gb??
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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 2, 2013 12:46:46 AM

No, a 32-bit OS can't use more than 3.25GB of memory. Upgrading to a 64-bit OS would allow you to use more memory.

Download and install CPU-Z (see below). Tell use exactly what CPU you have.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
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March 2, 2013 1:00:50 AM

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Hope this helps you
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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 2, 2013 2:10:57 AM

Did you run cpu-z? The info you provided is for the chip set not the CPU.
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March 2, 2013 3:00:14 AM

PROCESSOR
Name: Intel Pentium 4 641
Code Name: Cedar Mill
Package: Socket 775 LGA
Technology: 65nm
Core VID: 1.324V
Specification: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 2, 2013 2:03:35 PM

Go into your BIOS and make sure Hyper-Threading is enabled. That will increase the number of threads your CPU can handle.
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March 2, 2013 4:50:25 PM

Hyper-Threading is enabled. I'm going to install a 64-bit OS and add ram and see if it helps my issue. If there is anything you can think of too help. I'd appreciate it.
Thanks
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a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2013 11:26:13 PM

If you have 64 bit ready - good idea, otherwise just do clean reinstall with hard drive format - there could be some kind of corruption. We also forgot about checking you player, unless you are using VLC, you also need set of codecs. Since you need this PC for videos only, would recommend to do one step at the time and check videos, otherwise you might overspend for old PC.

Wish you luck.
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March 6, 2013 11:27:30 PM

Installed a fresh image of windows 7 64-bit OS and added ram. I am using windows media player and have k-lite and the windows media player codec installed. Hyper-Threading is enable.

The movie plays but is grainy. Audio is delayed and is way behind the video. Still.
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March 6, 2013 11:41:20 PM

If i play a 1 Gb (720p) movie/TV Show it will play fine , But a larger video will glitch out and is unwatchable.
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2013 3:26:21 AM

Get VLC player and try it, this is not going to take long, but VLC is using internal codecs and different way of using them. I have Pentium 4 3.4 with HT almost like yours plus old GT 8800 and at times I have hiccups with larger HD movies as well - so this could be a processor unfortunately.

Would you consider processor upgrade?
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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 7, 2013 11:12:41 AM

natter58 said:
If i play a 1 Gb (720p) movie/TV Show it will play fine , But a larger video will glitch out and is unwatchable.

This is, unfortunately, caused by an underpowered CPU. Essentially, it is bottlenecking the GPU because it can't send data to it fast enough. Either upgrade your CPU or play lower resolution videos.

Ensuring your video players are using hardware acceleration will help as well (VLC, Flash, etc).
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2013 4:06:15 PM

Last ditch attempt
You can increase your Windows performance a bit, it will make everything looks different, but it is worth trying prior to even considering any drastic upgrades.
Go to start and right click Computer tab, click Properties. You can get there alternatively by opening Control Panel and choose System icon. Once there, go to the Advanced system settings on the left, under Advanced, go to Performance click settings, under first tab Visual effects select Adjust for best performance, apply and check your videos now.
If this is not going to solve your problem, well as it was advised above and by me previously only CPU upgrade can really help.

Report back please.
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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 7, 2013 4:39:19 PM

Kisianik said:
Last ditch attempt
You can increase your Windows performance a bit, it will make everything looks different, but it is worth trying prior to even considering any drastic upgrades.
Go to start and right click Computer tab, click Properties. You can get there alternatively by opening Control Panel and choose System icon. Once there, go to the Advanced system settings on the left, under Advanced, go to Performance click settings, under first tab Visual effects select Adjust for best performance, apply and check your videos now.
If this is not going to solve your problem, well as it was advised above and by me previously only CPU upgrade can really help.

Report back please.

This will help, albeit marginally, but ever little bit matters. Good recommendation!
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2013 6:18:08 PM

Just tried it myself to see what I am offering, well it is faster, but a lot of functionality is missing, I tried to play Battlefield 3, but Origin did not start.
So if only basic functions required from this PC - it is OK to follow my recommendations.
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March 18, 2013 9:18:13 PM

COLGeek said:
natter58 said:
If i play a 1 Gb (720p) movie/TV Show it will play fine , But a larger video will glitch out and is unwatchable.

This is, unfortunately, caused by an underpowered CPU. Essentially, it is bottlenecking the GPU because it can't send data to it fast enough. Either upgrade your CPU or play lower resolution videos.

Ensuring your video players are using hardware acceleration will help as well (VLC, Flash, etc).


If i were to upgrade my cpu, what would you suggest?
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a c 218 U Graphics card
March 19, 2013 4:38:37 AM

If you could find a cheap (free would be better) Q6600, you would be much better off performance-wise.
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2013 8:57:30 PM

I cannot open your old picture about the form factor, it is simply gone, so fro processor upgrade please choose again your form factor from below, this picture will stay.



The strongest processor supported by 745 is Q6600, make sure that you have the latest BIOS, prior upgrading
Dell OptiPlex System BIOS, 2.6.4

This is Max Payne 3 on Optiplex 745 with Q6600 and GT8800 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlE3_mYfAbI
And this just another confirmation http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/view/18788

In any case cooling upgrade will be required.

P.S. I actually just found confirmation of even Q6700 working http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1448459, but Q6600 is much cheaper.
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