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So when you set the affinity to 1 core did the game play any better or did it do the same hitching? Did you try setting the affinity to 2 cores?

Your CPU at 100% means there is a bottleneck, especially if the game is single threaded, but half-second pauses should not be happening. If setting the affinity did not help this then that eliminates threads being bounced around by the Windows scheduler. The hard drive or RAM are probably the next suspects, perhaps maybe the motherboard too.

Do you know what kind of hard drive you have? If you have a "green" drive that parks its heads often that could be causing the pauses. When the game needs data not in RAM but on the hard drive it takes longer for the hard drive to wake up, leading to pauses.
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OP - unfortunatly you will need to overclock your CPU to bring out the full
potential of it, and that will prolly require a new motherboard.
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So when you set the affinity to 1 core did the game play any better or did it do the same hitching? Did you try setting the affinity to 2 cores?

Your CPU at 100% means there is a bottleneck, especially if the game is single threaded, but half-second pauses should not be happening. If setting the affinity did not help this then that eliminates threads being bounced around by the Windows scheduler. The hard drive or RAM are probably the next suspects, perhaps maybe the motherboard too.

Do you know what kind of hard drive you have? If you have a "green" drive that parks its heads often that could be causing the pauses. When the game needs data not in RAM but on the hard drive it takes longer for the hard drive to wake up, leading to pauses.
I can't say what drive I have. It's also OEM.

I did run it on one core, but never checked two. I guess because even with it set across all processors, it only ran on the first core. When I had the affinity set that way, my FPS seemed to drop quite noticeably.
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I would have expected your FPS to drop if you only set affinity to 1 core, but did the hitching/pausing stop? That's the problem that concerns me the most and it isn't necessarily caused by a slow CPU.
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@ grassy.. Have you tried using AMD Overdrive to see if that works for overclocking?
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OP - unfortunatly you will need to overclock your CPU to bring out the full
potential of it, and that will prolly require a new motherboard.
Yeah, I'm very willing to go that step! That's why I've been asking for advice on what direction to take, to which a couple folks here have been so very helpful. I intend to get an M5 board, some new RAM and a new cooler this evening. Just gotta figure out what cooler would be sufficient and determine whether or not my 600W PSU will pull it all.

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@ grassy.. Have you tried using AMD Overdrive to see if that works for overclocking?
I have, and oddly enough...my machine couldn't take it. 3/4 of the way through the process, it cut off on me. Was extremely disheartening.
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I would have expected your FPS to drop if you only set affinity to 1 core, but did the hitching/pausing stop? That's the problem that concerns me the most and it isn't necessarily caused by a slow CPU.
It didn't, I'm sorry that I forgot to mention that! It still got little tiny catches as I either panned around or while I'm running along.
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Yeah, I'm very willing to go that step! That's why I've been asking for advice on what direction to take, to which a couple folks here have been so very helpful. I intend to get an M5 board, some new RAM and a new cooler this evening. Just gotta figure out what cooler would be sufficient and determine whether or not my 600W PSU will pull it all.
I would suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, or the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer for a cheap, but quality cooler.
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I have cleaned up the thread. Please respond to this user with helpful posts only. The OCN staff will not hesitate to take action where things are out of order.
It should be mentioned that grassygnome purchased his PC for only $300. Considering there is a GTX 560 Ti that is worth $200+ out of the $300 he spent, he got a killer deal. A new motherboard and memory (a new case may be necessary if a Micro ATX case is used as the best quality motherboards are ATX) will put his total system cost to still below the cost of what he would have spent for the parts new on Newegg or otherwise. The 1035T can be overclocked to higher frequencies on the proper cooling and motherboard.
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In the online deals forum there is a $27 shipped deal I found for a Sunbeam heatsink with two fans and Tuniq TX-4 thermal paste included. It's a great deal as for a lower price than the commonly suggested Hyper 212+, it outperforms it - and at equal or less noise level.
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I have cleaned up the thread. Please respond to this user with helpful posts only. The OCN staff will not hesitate to take action where things are out of order.
It should be mentioned that grassygnome purchased his PC for only $300. Considering there is a GTX 560 Ti that is worth $200+ out of the $300 he spent, he got a killer deal. A new motherboard and memory (a new case may be necessary if a Micro ATX case is used as the best quality motherboards are ATX) will put his total system cost to still below the cost of what he would have spent for the parts new on Newegg or otherwise. The 1035T can be overclocked to higher frequencies on the proper cooling and motherboard.
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In the online deals forum there is a $27 shipped deal I found for a Sunbeam heatsink with two fans and Tuniq TX-4 thermal paste included. It's a great deal as for a lower price than the commonly suggested Hyper 212+, it outperforms it - and at equal or less noise level.
Ack, a case! Oye, one more thing on the shopping list.

I've noted those coolers. I have a good understanding about the hardware in almost any machine, but I've never dove off into cooling systems or heatsinks of any sort...primarily because I was afraid of hurting my CPU. I'm a little afraid, but I'll give your suggestions the best shot! (If I burn it, ah well...I'll just get another! I never said I didn't have the means, just wanted the best bang for my buck. Reading some introductory threads here, I thought this was the perfect forum for me!)

Thank you so much for those suggestions!
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