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replacing Athlon XP system HELP!

my barton 3000+ with 1gb ram will not play mp4 or mkv videos without lag getting out of sync. (my ipad2 with play them seemlessly!)

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What to expect

Any of the latest offering are going to fit the bill. They are leaps and bounds better than your current system. But, since you seem to be budgeted, be sure you have room to grow on. That means that any additional needs like more ram and/or drives, or pgms. demands, etc. will be meant by the PSU. Those systems sold by OEM's tend to fit only what was sold as, they fail under added stress to the PSU. But, often work quite well with some TLC during use as is. Continue to check several vendors as well as hi-end systems just to see what differences are present if anything else. Remember, cheap is cheap.

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@willy thanks for the post

i havent bought a machine for 5years so i really appreciate any advice!

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Parting thoughts

Sorry for late reply.

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Have you considered just adding a little RAM and

a modest video card ?

How much free disk space do you have ?

VAPCMD

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have not tried those ideas...

my video card is a nvidia gforce 6200 AGP with 256mb

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Got it....not sure what machine (system) or motherboard

you have but adding 1GB or 2GB of RAM might really help. That along with enough free disk space is really important for efficient PC operation. What's the total disk capacity ? 10-15 GB free space probably isn't enough either

Might check over at Crucial.com to see what additional RAM might cost.

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