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Hey guys I was just wondering if there is an easy way to find your systems bottleneck?
I am a best bang for your buck kinda guy and want to know if I am getting the most out of my system.

Here are my specs, its quite an old build.
Intel quad 6600 8M LGA775
ASUS P5K SE
4GB DDR2-800 transcend
8800GT 512M OCVer. Sparkle
WD Caviar SE 250GB STAT II 7200
500W generic psu (wizard?)

I will most likely try some overclocking in the future as well.
I was also thinking of upgrading to possibly a SSD as I only use about 30GB at anyone time.

Also on a side note, I play COD4 pretty seriously and was wondering where the main bulk of latency is in a system? and how can I minimize it?
Cheers.
post #2 of 18
most of the time if it's not the cpu that bottleneck the GPU ( not your case anyway i guess) the Hard drive, wich is mechanical... bottleneck the whole system, getting an SSD is a huge increase in performance overall. Not only for booting.


Anyway, getting an SSD and a decent cooler pour you cpu to overclock it could be a great improvement for your rig. You WILL notice a big difference.

Also, when the Q6600 would be oced, you could get a decent gpu for less than 100 bucks that won't be bottlenecked. ( if you are over 3.2GHz)

I had my Q6600 running @ 3.2GHz paired with my gtx 460 on a 1080p monitor and i had better fps than playing 1280x1024 ( eevn on stock clock, having higer res monitor raise up the gpu load.)


Have a great day wink.gif
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Yea, I thought an SSD would be a nice upgrade.
So if I did OC my CPU and get a better Graphics card with some better cooling would I need to upgrade my PSU? or MB? or RAM?
What do you think of my rig at the moment? I mean I keep my system very clean and light so I can get almost a solid 250 fps at 1280x960 in COD4 Promod.
post #4 of 18
I dunno what resolution you play at, but if you're going to overclock your CPU to more than 3Ghz, your current focus should be on the GPU. Depending of what your budget allows, you can get some pretty beastly cards for ~USD100

I'd say before you do a CPU overhaul (assuming you're on a tight budget), the biggest gains you will see will come from:
1. SSD (Overall snappiness)
2. Video Card (for games)




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OH and I should mention I live in New Zealand smile.gif
Yea from my limited knowledge I agree with you dklimitless.
Is it possible to use the SSD as my C: drive and keep the drive I have now seperate almost like an external drive for movies?
Cheers.
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That would be a yes. You can manage too and install unimportant programs to your old drive that don't need too much speed.

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yes, you can use the SSD as your boot drive and still install your games and movies and such to your HDD.
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OH and I should mention I live in New Zealand smile.gif
Yea from my limited knowledge I agree with you dklimitless.
Is it possible to use the SSD as my C: drive and keep the drive I have now seperate almost like an external drive for movies?
Cheers.

Ohh, ma bad. ( New Zealand is def one of those places I wanna go before I die lol)

Yeah, you can. While you can clone your current C: drive unto the SSD, it is usually a better idea to start with a clean install for the SSD for less stress tongue.gif.
You can connect your current 250GB drive to a SATA(II?) port, format and use it as a secondary harddrive (Just like you would with two harddrives).

I'm currently doing that with my F3 (boot drive) and F4 (Storage/backup/system images)

Since you don't use more than 30GB, a 64GB/80GB will suffice. However, for price/performance, 128GB is usually the sweet spot for most. (Bear in mind that SSD speeds generally increase with an increase in size)

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I could keep my games on the SSD as well though right? and just keep movies and other unimportant files on the hard drive?
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don´t get a better gpu unless you are near 4.0 on core2quad or phenom2,

those 8800gt-4830-4870 gen card maxx out around 3-3.5ghz
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