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Here is my mom's htpc that she bought somewhere without consulting me first...

it's soo slow that it can't stream hd movies properly, and it can't have more than a few windows running at the same time also

what is the best cost effective way to improve a little bit on multitasking, and streaming movies?

Also seems that the single core is always at %100... causing alot of lag
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BTW... i have absolutely no control of anything in the bios (so vcore, cpu pll, vdimm, etc) cannot be modified unless done through means i am not aware of. If i do upgrade it has to be compatible... vcore idles at 1.1v and for some reason shoots up to 1.664v... so i assume it will do the same with what ever i upgrade it with
Edited by badatgames18 - 8/14/11 at 3:39pm
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The quickest and surefire way to fix it is to perform a fresh install of Windows after formatting the hard drive. 2gb is decent for an HTPC, so it shouldn't be a problem. However, one potential cause of the poor performance of HD video is a weak graphics card. What graphics card does this system have and the type of expansion slot included on the motherboard (PCI-E / AGP)?
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Um, can you return it ?
    
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Originally Posted by ProdigyWolf;14582853 
The quickest and surefire way to fix it is to perform a fresh install of Windows after formatting the hard drive. 2gb is decent for an HTPC, so it shouldn't be a problem. However, one potential cause of the poor performance of HD video is a weak graphics card. What graphics card does this system have and the type of expansion slot included on the motherboard (PCI-E / AGP)?

it's integrated(nvidia geforce 6150se) and i think the motherboard has a pci e slot
... i can't reinstall windows because i don't think it even came with an OEM disc
Can i switched to a different am2 cpu? and switch out the ram with something else?


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Um, can you return it ?

i don't think so... frown.gif
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post #5 of 13
Add an HD capable video card, i.e. low cost 8400GS. Then install the proper codec packs (CCCP) and you win.
2GB RAM is fine.
Swap the CPU if you want, but a GPU will cost less for higher benefit.
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I would be so angry if my mum bought something like this without consulting me xD.
 
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If you are not doing so already, use VLC media player to play your videos because it is more resource friendly than Windows media player and runs better on slower PCs. Also, use Opera for internet browsing since it runs superb on older PCs (I tried it on a 600mhz Pentium 3 with 256mb ram).

The PC will work with other AM2 cpus (I don't know about the Phenom series though, if the motherboard supports the higher voltage requirements and the power supply is sufficient enough) . Try to get an Athlon 64 X2; Dual core works a lot better than single core with Windows 7.
Edited by ProdigyWolf - 8/14/11 at 5:16pm
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post #8 of 13
It looks like you motherboard only has an x1 slot which will limit your choice of gpu. You can get an x1 8400gs as suggested but they go for $65 on Newegg and they don't really have any cheaper options.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139069

Here are your mb specs (at least the best I could find, emachines doesn't seem to be too helpful):
http://www.e4allupgraders.info/dir1/motherboards/socketam2/boxer_WMCP61M.shtml
The board can take an X2 chip but is limited to 45 watts max.
Edited by RaBidRaBit - 8/14/11 at 5:55pm
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post #9 of 13
No, at $65 such a graphics card is not worth it. Go instead for a new AM2(+) motherboard with HD capable integrated graphics. Not only would it cost the same or less, but consume less power. And you can resell your old mobo on the marketplace or craigslist.

MSI 785GT-E63 - $65 shipped, $50 after rebate
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by ProdigyWolf;14582853 
The quickest and surefire way to fix it is to perform a fresh install of Windows after formatting the hard drive. 2gb is decent for an HTPC, so it shouldn't be a problem. However, one potential cause of the poor performance of HD video is a weak graphics card. What graphics card does this system have and the type of expansion slot included on the motherboard (PCI-E / AGP)?

The graphics card would only play a roll if it was using DXVA.

The machine is probably infected. Infections rates globally are over 40%

A clean install is in order. Just download an OEM Windows ISO and install. It's the windows product code and sticker that matters!
Edited by HiroPro - 8/14/11 at 8:20pm
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