Help With Upgrades - HiDef Playback Wanted

By Liquidd
Jul 14, 2005
  1. Hi. Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I couldn't decide where to submit this.

    I'm hoping to make some improvements to my PC so that it will perform some HiDef playback, and I think I'm almost there, but the video still plays a little choppy, so I was looking for advice on what I can upgrade/change to get me over the hump.

    I don't play games on my computer, fyi.

    I've got a Samsung with DVI input to play the HiDef on.

    AMD Athlon XP 2600+
    XGI Volari V3 128mb Video Card
    Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA (R) Audio Controller
    512mb DIMM - Max 1GB - Am in the process of getting another 512mb
    XP Service Pack 2
    100GB & 80GB IDE HDD's

    Advice? Anything else I should list?
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,181   +411

    If you're talking about high definition video the only things I can see that I'd change are your processor and your RAM. I'd give it a test first to see if the RAM you're getting makes enough of a difference - if not I'd swap out that processor for a faster one. I have tried playing HD Windows Media on my XP 2600 and it skips a bit on that machine - whereas the same video will play perfectly fine on any of my 2.8+ Ghz machines. With the size of the drives you listed I can only assume they're 7200 rpm and that's plenty for just playback.
  3. Liquidd

    Liquidd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Changing my processor.. I thought it might come to that..

    How high can I go?
    What else would I have to change if I changed my processor?
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