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New build not as fast as I would like

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by parasolution, Mar 27, 2009.

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  1. parasolution

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    I built a new rig to replace my P4 3.0ghz. I purchased a Gigabyte MA770-UD3 board and got a AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 AM2 dual core processor from a friend. I added a Sapphire X1650 Pro card, added 4GB or Corsair XMS2 DD2 PC8500 memory and then used the rest of my equipment from the P4 (Creative Audigy 2 sound card, LG DVD sata, & USB card). Installation of Vista Home Premium 32 bit went easy enough.

    The system seems a little quicker than my trusty old P4, but I seem to get these strange lags. For example, start-up seems a little slower than my P4 and when I have iTunes running, the songs will lag/skip when I'm typing. I just built a new HTPC with an older Athlon 64 3800 dual core (socket 939) and that system seems to be quicker than this one and iTunes doesn't lag.

    I've kept everything in BIOS in Auto, I haven't tweaked any of the processor settings. Should I get a better processor since this processor is at the bottom of the barrel when compared to other AMD dual cores. Is a triple core or quad core worth it. The new board supports up to AM3 processors.
     
  2. Jones

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    Well, yeah a newer processor would definitely give it more 'oomph'. But there are other things you can do to improve the responsiveness of your system.

    For example, one thing I would do is turn of disk indexing. Unless you really need super-fast file searching, it's just going to slow down your system.

    Also, here's a good article on Vista, and how to tweak it to suit your needs:
    http://www.tweakguides.com/VA_1.html
     
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