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I have a fairly new Dell PC (bought about a year ago) with the stock on board video card – I think Intel 3000 (I have to check))- anyway, it often freezes during bluray playback, and is sluggish when I open close HD videos recorded on my Windows 7 Media Center. I’m thinking of getting a new video card (if you think that will help) – which ones would you recommend – I don’t do any gaming, all Home Theater use.
How is the EVGA GeForce GT 640 2GB – I saw it on sale, and was wondering how well it would fit my needs – or if there’s a better value out for my needs.
Also – I am thinking about getting a 3D projector – which video card would support BluRay 3D to a 3D projector?
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Before spending money on a dedicated GPU you need to troubleshoot why it is freezing in the first place. This should not be happening with HD 3000 or HD 2000 for that matter.

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Correction - I have he Intel HD 2000
How do I trouble shoot?
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Before spending money on a dedicated GPU you need to troubleshoot why it is freezing in the first place. This should not be happening with HD 3000 or HD 2000 for that matter.
I would agree. There is either a backround process eating up your cpu and possibly gpu or you have a defective chip.
Confirm you are running the latest drivers.
Install a program such as realtemp or speedfan to confirm that you aren't overheating.
If temps and drivers end up being fine try a clean reinstall of windows.
Should all of the above not fix it then you most likely have defective hardware.

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He said Dell. I bet it is a Dell image of Windows - with huge overhead running. After logging in, and before running any software, open task manager and look at processes. I'm guessing you may be over 100.
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I ran realtemp - no issues
I am over 100 processes -
Also - another oddity that I notice, although the PQ is great, one weird thing is that even when wokring "fine" very often there will appear to be as if the image is rewriting itself on the screen - i.e. the image looks fine, but it almost appears as if there's a horizontal line which makes it's way from the top of the screen to the bottom then disappears until it comes back later - it's not an actual black line , but rather the image itself causing the appearance of a line going down.

Lastly ,I have 4GB of RAMin my machine - how much of it should I dedicate for the video card?
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