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Would a higher-end video card speed up internet browsing?

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I understand that a faster modem/router/NIC/processor/etc. could speed up internet browsing.  Aside from that, would a higher-end video card help?

You may ask what is slow about my browsing?  I think it's all the ads waiting to populate.  I've used AdBlock from Chrome before, but it seemed like it did a decent job of blocking ads, but that process itself kept my browsing slow.

Other thoughts:

1.  Disabling cookies?
2.  Different browser besides Chrome?
3.  Store internet cache in a RAM-disk?
4.  Different packet size in my modem?

Thanks...  (now using Windows 7-64, Chrome, and a $10 video card.)
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by:strung
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A higher end video card is unlikely to make a difference, in my opinion. Your bottleneck is likely somewhere in your network or network card. What results do you get when you run an internet speed test?  http://www.speedtest.net
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Eirman earned 250 total points (awarded by participants)
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Use NOSCRIPT with Firefox.
It's a really safe way to browse with the added bonus of stopping a lot adverts loading.
You will see a noticeable speed improvement.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NoScript

You only need a high spec video card for gaming, HD movies viewing/editing etc.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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I noticed an initial increase in speed with FF as well, although due to one of my add-ins, wisestamp, it has slowed down when reading webmail.  wisestamp is working on this.
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by:K A
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SpeedTest results:  Ping 20ms, Download 82Mbps, Upload 8Mbps.

Looked for NoScript, couldn't find it at FF.
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by:K A
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Ooops... Thanks, Eirman... found that via your link.
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by:Scott C
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What about the specs on your machine?

CPU, memory, video card, HDD, etc.

Just saying you have a $10 card doesn't tell much.  I have a couple of decent $10 cards that I got a great buy on.

The bottleneck could be in your machine processing the data coming in.

I have a 50MB down and 5MB up and I have no issues.

I'm running an 8-core AMD, 16GBram and have a 6900 series video card.

You might also want to do a scan with Malwarebytes..

https://www.malwarebytes.com/business/
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by:Gerald Connolly
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@ScottCha - i am guessing you have 50Mbit Down and 5Mbit Up?

Please don't depend on context to distinguish between "b" bits and "B" Bytes
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by:Gerald Connolly
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Eirman seemed to get the nod, although ScoittCha added some relevant info
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