Will upgrading my CPU help?

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Joined: Jul 19 2003

I have a Duron 950 running on a MSI K7T Turbo2 board with the VIA KT133A chipset and 384 MB of SDRAM(133); an ATI All-in-Wonder 9000 64MB video card w/capture; a 20 GB hard drive running Windows XP; a 120 GB hard drive to save video on; and a Memorex DVD writer.
I'm trying to convert my old VCR tapes to DVD. My video card came with Pinnacle Studio 8; my DVD writer came with Intervideo WinDVD Creator. Capturing video works fine, as does burning DVDs. It's the editing that's causing me fits.

After I capture the video in mpeg format, I have difficulty during the edit, when my system slows to a crawl. Even advancing one frame can take 5-10 minutes. This is true of both bundled programs. However, if I capture with Windows Movie Maker, the video edits just fine.

How much of my problem is related to CPU? My motherboard will support an Athlon XP 2400+, but will upgrading the CPU solve my problem? Or will my SDRAM hold me back? Or is it the software I'm using?

Any thoughts or experiences with this sort of thing would be greatly appreciated...

Joined: Feb 8 2002

A Duron 950 is fairly old. An upgrade to an Athlon XP would help.

You might also want to try the following

You will probably find it easier to capture to AVI rather than mpeg and edit this, only doing the final render to mpeg just prior to burning.

You might also want to try a little more RAM - it's cheap at the moment.


[This message has been edited by StuartV (edited 20 July 2003).]