Watching online TV

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jbarley, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    AS some of you may already know, I'm a senior and do not get out much.
    I find I'm developing an interest in watching TV online, I have a couple of very good sources but I'm wondering if my viewing experience would benefit from a better video card.
    Right now I have a G5 powermac dual 1.8 with 6GB and the original GeForce FX 5200 card. I'm thinking of upgrading to a ATI X800 XT, but only if it would improve my viewing experience.
    I'm not into anything else that I would need this card for, but that being said, I also like to tinker with my systems and make them all they can be.
    Opinions please?
  2. MAC MAN JW, Apr 5, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012

    MAC MAN JW macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
    If you are useing Flash Player to view the videos i don't know how much a new video card will help being Flash uses the CPU the most. But i am not saying a New video card is a bad idea:D
  3. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    If its a cheap upgrade go for it
    if it costs more than $100 then save your money it probably wont make that big of a difference
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Your GPU won't accelerate any flash content, so you shouldn't see a difference.
  5. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    Don't upgrade your card. It will make no difference for watching TV. If you feel that your computer is lagging you might take benefit from upgrading to an Intel machine. I don't know how good are G5s at playing video.

    I know there are some tricks as well like using dedicated players instead of just watching directly from the website. You can find information about this in previous posts here in the Powermac forums.
  6. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    Thanks folks.
    That pretty much answers my question, so lets call this one 'resolved'.

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