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I think the problems yours having here is that the 500GB AALX has a 32mb cache where as the 750GB (AAEX) only has 16mb cache, that will have a significant affect on performance which is why your having the speed differences between the two drives.
I should imagine the slowdown your experiencing is down to this factor and the motherboards capabilities of the rig your running it on. I don't mean to sound condescending or like im knocking your hardware but is its an Acer machine, chances are the hardware isn't top grade and its probably struggling a bit, that's why its so slow.
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I think the problems yours having here is that the 500GB AALX has a 32mb cache where as the 750GB (AAEX) only has 16mb cache, that will have a significant affect on performance which is why your having the speed differences between the two drives.
I should imagine the slowdown your experiencing is down to this factor and the motherboards capabilities of the rig your running it on. I don't mean to sound condescending or like im knocking your hardware but is its an Acer machine, chances are the hardware isn't top grade and its probably struggling a bit, that's why its so slow.
The 750GB AAEX has 64mb cache...http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822136794 No harm done, not my hardware but my responsibility.

Well I could just junk the Acer mobo and buy another LGA775 board from Gigabyte or MSI for like $50 or upgrade the system to a cheap Intel i3 setup.
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Whoops!!
Yes your right, google let me down badly there lol
The AALX has 32 and the AAEX has 64, so the point is the same haha

To be honest, if the rig is only for everyday use like internet and word processing etc, I'd leave it be. The speed wont be drastically slow and it certainly save your a few $$$ on a new mobo.
However if its is more performance your after, I'd look getting a new motherboard for sure, Acer stuff isn't the best and it wouldn't do any harm if you upgraded nor would it break the bank.
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Whoops!!
Yes your right, google let me down badly there lol
The AALX has 32 and the AAEX has 64, so the point is the same haha

To be honest, if the rig is only for everyday use like internet and word processing etc, I'd leave it be. The speed wont be drastically slow and it certainly save your a few $$$ on a new mobo.
However if its is more performance your after, I'd look getting a new motherboard for sure, Acer stuff isn't the best and it wouldn't do any harm if you upgraded nor would it break the bank.
The system will be 50% Facebook/Internet and 50% Adobe/minor 3D etc. $50 is not a lot of money but the thought of buying a dead end socket is what makes me think hard.
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Yeah i feel your pain, bit of a bitter pill to swallow.
There are a few options to consider, you could upgrade the mobo, or buy a new graphics card which should take care of the 3d side and give it a nice boost, or you could buy and extra sick of ram which again should give it a boost.
Looking at the specs, i's say it'd be fine as it is except for the 3d side, the graphics card is very weak so it may struggle to do that.
It apparently has a pci express port on it so even a cheapo HD4xxx rage card could be all it needs and you can easily pick one of those up for less than $50.
(im going by the spec sheet you linked so forgive me if its not applicable to your system!)
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Yeah i feel your pain, bit of a bitter pill to swallow.
There are a few options to consider, you could upgrade the mobo, or buy a new graphics card which should take care of the 3d side and give it a nice boost, or you could buy and extra sick of ram which again should give it a boost.
Looking at the specs, i's say it'd be fine as it is except for the 3d side, the graphics card is very weak so it may struggle to do that.
It apparently has a pci express port on it so even a cheapo HD4xxx rage card could be all it needs and you can easily pick one of those up for less than $50.
(im going by the spec sheet you linked so forgive me if its not applicable to your system!)
To be honest the system is not so original anymore since I added some stuff.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.3GHz
Ram: Crucial (4x2GB) 8GB 800MHz
Mobo: OEM Acer G43
PSU: Corsair CX600 600W
GPU: BFG GTS250 OC
HDD: WD Black 750GB
Cooler: Cooler Master TX3
Case: Acer M5802

Buying a new mobo does give me a chance to overclock the CPU and add more performance but I'm pretty much left with G31 chipsets since its starting to EOL.
post #17 of 30
Yeah that's very true.
Well best thing to do is get it all up and running and see how the performance is. With the RAM and gfx card you've already added I think i'll be fine as it is.
Even by getting a new motherboard, you wont really see much in performance gains unless you overclock it of course.

There is also the age of the machine to consider, the motherboard is getting on a bit so upgrading the motherboard might extend the life of the machine....I dont mean to insult Acer but the only Acer thing I've ever bought was a laptop and it died in under 6 months so im not their biggest fan lol
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I will let them test it if they are satisfied with the system since they will be the one using it. If they really wanted to remove the HDD bottleneck and oc the cpu at the same time, which mobo should I order?

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=42978&...SI%2FMicroStar
OR
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=36027&...cture=Gigabyte

These are the only boards left that has DDR2 support.
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There isnt much between the two to be honest but if i had to choose one it'd be http://ncix.com/products/?sku=36027&...cture=Gigabyte

Its got better features and I've owned and worked with many Gigabyte boards and they are excellent value and very reliable. I've also worked with MSI boards and they are good, just a bit on the cheap side for my liking.
But as i said, there isn't really much difference between the two so by all means go with the MSI one if you want to save a few bucks.
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There isnt much between the two to be honest but if i had to choose one it'd be http://ncix.com/products/?sku=36027&...cture=Gigabyte

Its got better features and I've owned and worked with many Gigabyte boards and they are excellent value and very reliable. I've also worked with MSI boards and they are good, just a bit on the cheap side for my liking.
But as i said, there isn't really much difference between the two so by all means go with the MSI one if you want to save a few bucks.
Alright I'll order the Gigabyte board then. Also just found out that the OEM Acer mobo was made by ECS Elitegroup aka unknown quality, which has no solid caps, the ferrite chokes are open and no SB cooling. I'll pass the MSI board since it looks similar to the OEM with those scary tall caps.
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