Dual Monitor Question

Oct 21, 2011
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I just picked up a new 23" monitor to connect to my 2010 15" macbook pro, and when I set VLC to play a movie fullscreen, and run chrome on the mbp, it can get pretty choppy. Activity monitor shows VLC at 85-95%.

Is their anything I can do software wise to ease the strain on the CPU? I'm playing 1080p blu-ray rips, would that be effecting it?

Also, would upgrading RAM to 8gb help much, or is it mostly strain on the GPU?

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