Originally Posted by taeboguy
Here is what I have......I think my deficency is the video card.
Asus P5E-VM HDMI
Intel E8400 Processor
2 gb 800 MHz DDR2 ram
500 gb Sata II drive
LG HD-DVD/BD combo drive
I am using the onboard HDMI video and have the bios configured to dedicate 256mb of the 2 gb onboard ram to the video playback.
I think that I really need a dedicated GFX card.
I would agree. Also, you're bleeding off necessary ram from vista to run your on-board video. Maybe go to an Asus forum, like the one here, and get some feedback re. your board and using the on-board video:http://forums.pcper.com/forumdisplay.php?f=62
That's a great cpu you've got. For my htpc, I've got the gigabyte ds2r with on-board video, but I installed an 8800GT OC, so I've got lots of oomph (plus an e6750, raptor OS drive, Spinpoint storage drive, Turtle Beach Montego DDL audio card). Plus, I wanted a HTPC that could game as well. For Blu-ray and HD playback, I've had perfect playback so far, no so much as a burp, and I think that's a combination of my cpu plus my video card. So depending on what feedback you get from others, you might want to consider a dedicated video card. Now maybe there is something else going wrong and causing the stuttering. That's where the Asus forum might be very helpful, as hopefully there will be others with your same mobo and who can confirm or disconfirm. Good luck. BTW, I'm one of the gigabyte mods at that forum, where I go by Alex666.