I need (want!) to replace my graphics card in my Dual 1.8 G5...

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  1. scott pruett macrumors newbie

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    So I have a Dual 1.8ghz G5 that needs a new graphic card, as I'm about to replace my dying 20" ACD w/ something in the 24" flavor (non-Apple). I'd like a card that can drive full-screen video from the web (e.g. tv episodes streamed from fox.com, etc).

    I'm currently running a 64mb GeForce FX 5200 in an AGP slot.

    What are my options? Think low-budget. I don't need high-performance gaming capabilities. This machine is just used for Photoshop & web stuff.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Your current card can already do that. I'd be more concerned about CPU performance and playback issues on the software side.
     
  3. scott pruett thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Interesting. This machine stutters with full-screen video. I'm happy not to replace the card. Any suggestions for optimizing the system to create an environment for smooth playback?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    What kind of videos? Why do you think it's the graphics card?
     
  5. scott pruett thread starter macrumors newbie

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    most notably I have problems w/ streaming video from the web, played full-screen, e.g. http://fox.com/fod/play.php?sh=fringe

    I don't have the same problem w/ DVDs, however.

    the video card just seemed like the logical culprit. *shrug*
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have a feeling it might be a CPU bottleneck with the Java + Flash overhead of the Fox player.
     
  7. scott pruett thread starter macrumors newbie

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    perhaps... so this may be hopeless?

    I have a low-end 1.8ghz C2D XP laptop w/ an on-board graphics card & 1/2 the system RAM (1gb; G5 has 2gb) that doesn't hiccup w/ the videos from Fox.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Core 2 Duo will stomp the G5. Not to mention Java and Flash aren't very well optimized for OS X.
     
  9. scott pruett thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well crap. I guess that makes sense. Thanks for the input...
     
  10. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    Thats because your machine is old and it doesn't have the CPU power to process java quickly.

    A video card will help in games but video playback relies on the CPU.
     
  11. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    The one in my sig, I was able to play YouTube videos fullscreen without any hiccups. We have roughly the same system.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Which version of Flash?
     
  13. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I would try downloading the latest version of flash and try different browsers such as firefox. Or even give safari 4 a try.
     
  14. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    I think I had the latest flash player installed and I used Firefox 3.
     

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