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Ok, so i just opened my computer, took down as much information on my system, and i will explain my situation and what i need help on to better it.

Ok system information first:

CPU - Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 3.20 GHz Intel(R) EM64T CAPABLE
Motherboard - Intel (Unknown Specs)
Memory - (2) 512 MB of DDR2 533 (no name brand)
Hard Drive - WDCWD3200AAks-00L9A0(350 GB, Random Best Buy)
BUS Speed - 800 MHz
Memory Speed - 533MHz
Cooling Fan - AVC (DC-12v/.7a) Hydrolic Bearing
Power Supply - Hipro (Unknown Specs)
Case - Stock Gateway (1 aftermarket fan)

Ok now to what i feel is a problem, I play what i fill are simple games. Warcraft 3, Starcraft, Diablo 2. The not so simple WoW, no matter which game i play i get lag spikes and the computer is constantly screaming like its running a marathon. I guess what my general question would be is, does anyone know how i can better my PC so i stop getting lag spikes, hot CPU, and the constant noise?

Thanks in advanced,
Douglas
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post #2 of 13
A aftermarket heatsink such as this one http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16835186134 can be installed to make your cpu cooler and quieter. In the long term a entire new build will provide better performance and should fix your lag spike problems.
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post #3 of 13
That is a good cooler but I would not spend too much money on that computer. Instead start saving some money, around $300 will be enough to get you a system that is way more powerful then the one you currently have.

I had something like this in mind. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.679863
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post #4 of 13
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Can someone explain why those components are better? i know numbers but i dont really understand computer parts and what makes one better than the others. Thanks yall.

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There is no quick and easy way to explain why some components are better than others. When I built my first computer, I started by setting a budget. Then I looked up some pre-built computers that were in my price range to see what components they used. After that, I read tons of reviews of every component in those pre-built computers. And when I was done I combined all the knowledge I had gained to build myself the optimum pc. Perhaps this is not the best way to learn it but it worked for me.

That is how I learned how to find components on my own. You could also let OCN help you look for components. You could make a thread, asking for help. I don't know if you have he budget now though. The best thing you could do is look up some components yourself to get a general idea, before posting. You could also Google 'How to build my own pc' to learn what components you need and how to assemble them.

If possible, ask someone to help you. Perhaps you know someone near you that knows how to build a computer and maybe he or she can help you.
Edited by Sonolegolas - 7/24/11 at 6:51am
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The components mentioned above are able to run at faster speeds therefore they can perform calculations quicker. This makes computer performance faster as tasks complete faster. As they are newer advances in technology means they are able to use less power and perform more efficently.
Also because they use less power, they produce less heat so the CPU cooler is able to run at a lower speed. This reduces the noise your PC produces and prolongs the life of your components as they are running at a lower temperature.
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post #7 of 13
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Anyone know if the components i possess are overclockable? Ive done a little bit of research on it and only found help on how to do it on bios, which did not hold the options for lower voltages, higher MHz's, or anything like that. Plus i learned that some CPU's(mainly intel) are not overclockable. Any information on this subject as well is much sot over and appreciated, thanks again peepz. You are all making it easy for me to understand more.
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post #8 of 13
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anyone? im a noob to all this so help is greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by d17oug18 View Post
Anyone know if the components i possess are overclockable? Ive done a little bit of research on it and only found help on how to do it on bios, which did not hold the options for lower voltages, higher MHz's, or anything like that. Plus i learned that some CPU's(mainly intel) are not overclockable. Any information on this subject as well is much sot over and appreciated, thanks again peepz. You are all making it easy for me to understand more.
If it is retail non-custom built PC, the BIOS is locked so you can not mess with the setting = OC option is locked.
That is why people build their own computers to OC.
Since it's cheaper than pre-built with better components and it OC.
There is no reason or benefit to buy a retail PC if you want to OC.
So what you can do at this point is to get new PC set up if you wanna OC.
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If it is retail non-custom built PC, the BIOS is locked so you can not mess with the setting = OC option is locked.
That is why people build their own computers to OC.
Since it's cheaper than pre-built with better components and it OC.
There is no reason or benefit to buy a retail PC if you want to OC.
So what you can do at this point is to get new PC set up if you wanna OC.
+1 to this.
retail computers are not OC capable in their stock form.
has nothing to do with intel processors, which right now are amazing at overclocking.


to keep it down to the minimum, your processor is outdated and from the beginning had a poor architecture design called netburst. so, your are only going to run into more and more problems with things running poorly.

also, only running 1gb of ram isnt helping things.
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