Originally Posted by XAslanX
Any video card you put in that machine will be severally bottle necked by the Pentium 4. In other words, you will still have the same performance issues you have now with a new card as the Pentium 4 is the main bottleneck of the system and anything you do to try and improve it will be wasted money.
After looking up the board, it is only capable of running Pentium 4's, no Pentium D or core2 type processors. So I'm pretty sure the CPU is pegged at 100% doing basic tasks like web browsing let alone playing HD video, especially since it's running Vista.
Save up the money for the upgrade as anything you spend on it now will get you no where. I would look into an AMD APU solution as that would be the best upgrade for his needs.
A format and reinstall of the OS would be the only thing worth trying to improve the performance of the machine, else you'll be wasting money.
Exactly what I was going to say! 100%
Originally Posted by billbartuska
XAslanX has pretty much the best answer...................
If you have a car with a tiny motor, putting bigger wheels on it won't make it go any faster!
But removing things from the car and/or getting smaller/lighter wheels CAN make the car "faster". Wish the same were true for computers
OP - I just threw away a system just like this one. Too many computers for dirt cheap (less than $100) that will be much better suited (and faster) for what he's trying to do. If he's really wanting to keep the budget tight, I suggest trying to purchase a used MB, cpu, and SSD as well as installing a new OS. If you're interested, I might have something a little faster lying around. PM me. I was able to build a budget PC (Q6600 Core 2 quad) basically for free. Friends and family donated parts. I'm in process of overclocking it to 3.4Ghz or more right now.