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I posted this in the NVIDIA GPU Section, however I feel it deserves a place here as well, as maybe its more of a software question.

I use a program called Anusoft Video Converter on my laptop to convert movies from one format to another, and it works great, however I installed it on my server and got piss poor performance mostly because I'm running a dual core CPU, whereas on my laptop I'm running an i7 mobile processor.

Anyways, The program supports CUDA video decoding/encoding, so if I purchased an nvidia graphics card to use to help convert the videos faster, would that work, or in like gaming, would I be bottlenecked by the cpu? I would upgrade the CPU/MB/RAM, but it seems cheaper and easier to just get a new GPU instead of having to re-install windows and everything else, plus its my home server so that's not really an option anyways.

Main Question: Could I buy a $80-100 nvidia GPU and use that to help me encode/decode the videos faster or would I be bottlenecked by the CPU being a dual core? (Its a dual core at 2.6ghz, and the ram I have doesn't like overclocking)

Also, if that isnt the case and I can get an nvidia GPU to help me in that regard, could you recommend me one for 80-100 dollars, willing to purchase second hand from someone here on OCN.

Thanks Everyone.

(PS I know this is a wall of text so thanks for reading anyways)
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