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post #1 of 19
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Not sure if this is the perfect place for this post, but figured I would give it a shot.

I've heard before about a program that you install that will scan your computer, maybe run a few benchmark tests or something, and tell you where your data is bottlenecking, so it's essentially giving you a suggestion for the next part you should upgrade.

Does anybody know anything about this program? I'd love to use it on my home PC, because despite having decent harddrives, a good CPU, tons of ram, and a good graphics card, my computer still seems to be on the slow end. Maybe something like that would help me see something I'm overlooking.
post #2 of 19
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I'd love to use it on my home PC, because despite having decent harddrives, a good CPU, tons of ram, and a good graphics card, my computer still seems to be on the slow end. Maybe something like that would help me see something I'm overlooking.
If your home computer is your sig rig, try overclocking. Perhaps you're feeling it a bit slow because of its of midrange-meh hardware....Maybe a fresh install of W7, would help? There is no particular app that can directly correlate and reference with real world performance. However, try using SiSandra for uber synthetic benches of all components.
Edited by Blindrage606 - 10/4/11 at 8:14am
 
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My current PC is the descendant of my sig rig. I evolved the parts slowly over the last -- let's say two years, since I last updated it. I'll update the specs sometime today.

Let me fish through my NewEgg order history and get the specs up:
MSI 890GXM-G65 mobo
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 [two sets]
XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770

I don't know what my harddrives are, since I've switched them around so much. But my base drive for my Windows install was on a 7200RPM Seagate drive, I think, and then my games are on another drive.

As for the software, I was pretty sure it just pulled the info for the components, pointed out what would essentially be the lowest-end or most out-of-date piece of hardware compared to the rest, and say "upgrade this, it's probably what's slowing you down".
Edited by ShadowDragoon - 10/4/11 at 8:28am
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my computer still seems to be on the slow end.
Proper setup, and optimization make a world of difference; just where exactly are you noticing the slowness?
post #5 of 19
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Well, the most agonizing issue is that, even though I have such good hardware, my computer still takes about four minutes to start from cold boot. Also, I have several games that aren't playing on as high-end graphics settings as I was hoping I would be able to with that setup.
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personally i would take a look at what processes are running at startup...if you have everything set to run when windows starts...then its going to take time to fire up from a cold boot...
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Trust me, I monitor my startup tasks religiously. It's not the login, either. From a cold boot to the login SCREEN takes around four minutes. Logging in itself takes another minute or two, but that I expect (I have a ton of crap on my desktop, among other things). It just kills me that it takes the better part of ten minutes just for me to turn on my computer.
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Trust me, I monitor my startup tasks religiously. It's not the login, either. From a cold boot to the login SCREEN takes around four minutes. Logging in itself takes another minute or two, but that I expect (I have a ton of crap on my desktop, among other things). It just kills me that it takes the better part of ten minutes just for me to turn on my computer.
On a side note:
One of the largest speed boosts you'll get is from an SSD like the Crucial M4 64GB Model (since it's cheap). It literally transforms your desktop experience.
 
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My old laptop started getting like that, taking forever to boot. Pretty sure the HDD was going bad. Try HD Tune and run the bench and error scan to make sure thats not the problem.

As for gaming, I'd say your GPU could use an upgrade the most.
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post #10 of 19
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I understand switching from a HDD to an SSD would make my bootup a lot faster, but I really don't think it should take four minutes for my computer to boot with an HDD unless something is really wrong.

I'll try that tool, Blazed. Hoping a drive isn't dying, but it will be nice to know if it is.
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