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post #11 of 38
Buy yourself a copy of Win7, that should help. I'd also check into defrag/health of your HD. A 955 x4 shouldn't really be slow/sluggish in windows I wouldn't think, my old phenom II x2 550BE wasn't.
post #12 of 38
dont go rushing into overclocking before it is nice and healthy at stock speeds. that is a nice setup and you shouldnt be noticing "slow program loads" I have an 840 with no L3 cache and I can not complain. Im sure there is more going on to make it perform sub par as this is a pretty nice chip
    
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Ah. Sorry. Well would overclocking help?

I have a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 560 ti fermi GPU, a Phenom II 955 @ 3.2 GHz CPU, and some Corsair ram DDR 3 1600
Well the AM3 chip tops out at 1333 memory, its possible thats causing a problem along with Vista. Dump it and get Win7....
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Vista is fine...assuming you have Service Pack 1 installed. Really not much difference for Vista SP1 (or all the updates applied) and Windows 7 performance wise.

If your boot time is seemingly very long you should check what all is loading at start up. Might have junk on there that isn't needed.

Are you using ready boost? Have you turned your page file off? (don't do that...leave it on)
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@ Imglidinhere - I don't have a copy of Windows 7. I got it pre installed on my laptop and wanted to transfer it to my PC but the onekey recovery did not go through.

@ Thermaltake - I will give defrag a shot. I did just install vista though so I don't know if it will help much.

@ dstoler - I have 2 sticks of corsair ram. 4 GB each.

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Also you may want to get a p3 kill a watt, they are like $20 at homedepot, and it can be helpful determining how much power your system is drawing. Could be your 420w PSU isn't keeping up w/ your new parts. Which PSU did you get exactly?
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Perhaps I'm biased, but I avoid PSUs that come with cases like the plague. That could be what's causing your problem.
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post #19 of 38
Your system specs are quite modest, and I do believe that most likely they are not the cause of your problems. As others have posted previously, do a system defrag, and insure you still have 10-15% free space on your disk drive.
I've seen a few pple running Vista and their machines run horrible, so this may also be a problem.

The only other thing I can think of, is perhaps your HDD is on its way out. When your playing games most of the time the majority of files required are loaded in ram, hence even if your hdd is dead slow, fps usually isn't affected. Do you know what HDD you have? and how old is it?
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Ew. I've never heard of ThermalMaster power supplies, and from what I can gather that's a 420W max power rating, not continuous, probably more like 300W continuous.

I searched for that PSU on google, and this was one of the first results:


Probably not a good sign. I would suggest picking up a descent ~500-600W PSU. You should be able to get a descent Antec one for around $40-50.

For future reference, avoid case/psu combos. The PSU's are almost always junk, and that's one part of your build you definitely don't want to skimp on.
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