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Nov 10, 2011
Hi experts,
HD and 3D video does not play clearly. Though I increase the monitor resolution the games or video quality is very poor. Would you tell me how can I improve video quality or play games smoothly? Here is my computer configuration.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 765 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 24999 MB, Free - 11404 MB; D: Total - 16998 MB, Free - 7507 MB; E: Total - 16998 MB, Free - 16478 MB; F: Total - 7248 MB, Free - 7125 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0C7018
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated: No, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled



Sep 24, 2004
I'm going to move this to games, but I'm willing to bet that all the answers are going to be to upgrade that laptop.

But I'll defer to the experts over there.


Oct 8, 2011
Hi Tofayel,

I could simply say that your PC is in need of some upgrades which is possible, but in my opinion, not worthwhile. I used to have a Dell very similar to this, my first PC actually and it was a nightmare. Spending money on upgrades may give you the possibility to watch HD video's but it wont give you the option to upgrade in the future. The main issue being that the ports are PCI only, a very dated expansion slot now (for graphics cards at least).

My suggestion is that you save your money and buy a custom PC that meets your needs. Some companies make nice desktops but Dell is one name to avoid.

However, don't take just my word as there are some much more intelligent people on here that may have a cheaper suggestion for you. :)


May 29, 2006
Hi Tofayel and welcome to TSG.

I would have to agree with the previous posters. You would benefit far more from saving and buying a new machine than you would from upgrading, if an upgrade is even feasible! That system is very outdated looking at the specs, having done a quick check for the motherboard it looks like it is a Dell Optiplex 170L, that really isn't worth spending money on to be honest, even its maximum capability (with every top upgrade it could support) is very outdated, would probably cost you alot (due to the parts likely being harder to get hold of) and wouldn't give you much of a boost.

You can get a desktop base unit for very little now, which would massively out perform your current setup in every way. A new laptop will cost you a bit more but would still provide a significant increase in performance in just about every area you could imagine.
Oct 8, 2011
you should need upgrade processor at least above 2.66 Ghz.
The best processor for that board is a Pentium 4, which Intel have discontinued. Now they sell at high prices due to their 'rarity'.

Monitor resulation above 1280x1024 px
Resolution comes down to monitor size and preference.

RAM should be minimum 1 GB.
In order to do this they would need to swap out their 256MB stick for a DDR (possibly DDR2) 512mb. Again overpriced due to being discontinued.

You should also upgrade your graphics card to play HD games or video.
If you had read through the thread, you'd have noticed the slots on that motherboard are PCI slots. Again... They are old slots and cant support graphics cards within a reasonable price range, to support HD.

I understand you're offering help but you're misleading people more than you are helping them.
Aug 5, 2007
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0C7018
That's socket 478.....meaning that it's a platform that's almost 10 years old.
Maybe a fresh format and reinstall might speed things up a little bit.
Otherwise, it's pretty with it or start saving for a new computer.
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