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Alright, my rig is OK but in all honesty, it fails, yes it does.

Any idea what is holding me back? Is it the motherboard? The graphics card? a Combination of something? Any suggestions on what I can do to remove that bottleneck and help free my system without a TOTAL rebuild?

All help appreciated.
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Actually thats not bad, what model is your CPU?

The only thing i would really upgrade is your graphics card.
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My personal first suspect is the motherboard.

If you replace that with something that facilitates better overclocking, it's likely you'll be able to take your CPU to higher speeds.

(Unfortunately, motherboard replacement most likely means a total system rebuild in essence anyway, taking into account an OS reinstallation, especially if you go with a whole new chipset.)

Good luck in your pursuit of more performance.
    
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Originally Posted by xxhaloownerxx View Post
Actually thats not bad, what model is your CPU?

The only thing i would really upgrade is your graphics card.
By model to you mean maker? I think it is Brisbane if that is what you mean.

And yeah, I was looking on newegg and the 9600GSO's are so cheap it is scary. about $105-$110 for the lowest end one..

EDIT: Probably this when I get the money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143135

Looks good, pretty good performance, single slot (my case is funny so i am worried about dual slot), and it matches the case well. (Biggest pro of all is it blows my 8500GT out of the water...)
Edited by Comp112 - 7/3/08 at 12:15am
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ECS motherboards are notorious for low quality. they are budget mobos for people not concerned with performance. If this were not the case then ECS mobos would be the same price as EVGA and ASUS boards, but they are not... You get what you pay for. I personally prefer ASUS motherboards and I run two of them; see below. I would change the motherboard before I changed anything else. taking 30 minutes to pull out the motherboard to slap a new one in is a small sacrifice compared to all the headaches you will get from using a low quality motherboard.
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ECS motherboards are notorious for low quality. they are budget mobos for people not concerned with performance. If this were not the case then ECS mobos would be the same price as EVGA and ASUS boards, but they are not... You get what you pay for. I personally prefer ASUS motherboards and I run two of them; see below. I would change the motherboard before I changed anything else. taking 30 minutes to pull out the motherboard to slap a new one in is a small sacrifice compared to all the headaches you will get from using a low quality motherboard.
Yeah a motherboard is pretty easy to replace but..Meh.

Only reason i got this motherboard was because I was on such a tight budget I had to get it bundled with my CPU or I would not have been able to even get my ram...
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