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looking for graphics card for netvista 8303 pentium4

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I am looking to add ram to a netvista8303 witha pentium4 processor and to buy a good graphics card to have as a home server; I am going to load freebsd7 on it and use it as a web server / and also going to create web pages on it using gimp./ and maybe try out the netflix automatice movie download thing....as far as I know there are three different kinds of cardbus connectors and I can take the case off and look to see which I have but what other things should I be looking at???any recommendations...???
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You need a low-profile AGP card ... something like this:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139165   (which is already a low-profile card)
or this:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150389   (which comes with a low-profile bracket)

... Even if you could find one, you can't put a more-powerful video card in that system due to its very low rated power supply (160w).    But these should work fine.    It is, however, a fairly low-power system from a CPU "horsepower" perspective -- not sure how well it will do with streaming movies (it depends on the compression codecs they use -- some will simply not work with a low-end Pentium).



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maxing out the ram up to 2gigs should help out too shouldnt it or am I going to be lacking power; I cant change the power supply ???
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Maxing the RAM will indeed help in many ways ... but not if the CPU simply doesn't have enough "horsepower" to do real-time decoding.    As I noted above, it simply depends on what compression codecs are needed to decode the streaming video.     Netflix indicates a fairly minimum set of system requirements (1GB CPU, 512MB of memory) ... so I suspect you're fine for that.

I don't believe the 8303 uses a standard ATX form-factor, so it's not easy to upgrade the power supply.    But it should be fine for adding memory and one of the video cards I noted above.
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I thought later to ask if its possible to put the powre supply outside of the box; its going to sit in the basement anyways(dry basement)...is this what you mean by formfactor, space in the box...
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Yes, if you don't mind the cosmetics of a power supply sitting beside the box, you can use one outside the box, as long as the cables are long enough.
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