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Dropped frames are frequently the result of insufficient RAM, or the use of RAM that is not error correcting (ECC). However, even with a fair amount of RAM, the lack of a GPU with its own on-board memory can mean dropped frames, regardelss of motherboard and motherboard RAM.
An external Hard Drive pushing data through a USB 2.0 port is just another choke point in the system. USB 3.0 will give satisfactory results for SD video if you have a HD turning at least 7,200 RPM. But XP isn't going to support USB 3.0. Bottom line is that the computer that you are trying to use is not up to the job, Adding peripherals will not speed up not correct its ability to process. So if you are on a really tight budget, don't spending any money trying to get this machine up to speed. Save you money to put towards a total upgrade.
As a minimum for video processing, I'd suggest a PC with an intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM, and a 500GB HD running Windows 7. Anythng less will just be frustrating.