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post #11 of 43
Not sure your mom will be gaming or not. But if windows wasnt reinstalled it could be that there is just something slowing the PC down software, virus, spyware or something.
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A fresh OS install always helps.
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post #13 of 43
First thing I would do is run a few bench mark programs just to check things out, most of these are free and listed in the guides I linked also run memtest86 to check out the ram. Now a bit of reading here will get you started and when you come up with a question just post it up.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ed-guides.html

You will find there is no quick way to get a solid overclock. If you can find an 8800 GTS vid card it would be a good improvement with the system you listed.
    
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post #14 of 43
honestly, you will see the biggest performance increase with an ssd.

cpu isn't the only thing that makes a computer fast. also reinstall windows. (on the ssd once you buy one)
post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hambone07si View Post
So why do you need to overclock a pc for your mom? What does she do that she needs an overclocked cpu? If you can explain that, I'm willing to help. I've never overclocked a pc for a Mom. lol. She won't get coupons from the internet any faster

This.


Tell us what your mom will be doing with the PC. As it is, the CPU is just fine for everything a normal user would do, excepting heavy duty gaming (but normal gaming is just fine). So, no need to overclock the CPU at all.

She has a Quad Core CPU running at 2.66 Ghz with 8MB of L2 cache. That is more than many people have and good for years to come with normal usage. My mom has a Pentium Dual Core E2140 at 1.6 Ghz with 1 MB L2 cache, 2GB of DDR2 667 RAM, a 500GB HDD and a Radeon HD4550 512MB DDR3 and she is just fine using Windows 7.

And if you say your brother is a gamer, how in the world was he gaming with a X1300 ? That CPU + GPU combo is completely unbalanced. He wasn't going anywhere with that graphics card.

As for the 8400GS, it will do Youtube Flash HD decoding on the card (the x1300 won't), it is a good card for modern day usage. It won't game though, but it is better than the X1300.

As for storage, Windows will boot much faster if you have it on one of the 1.5TB HDD's. No need to buy expensive SSD's or anything. You can do fine with what you already have. The current 160GB HDD is not only too small, but is much slower. The areal density of that HDD is much smaller, which means the HDD head must move a lot more to fetch the same amount of data a 1.5TB will have.


Oh, and that 160GB HDD only has 8MB of internal cache, while the 1.5TB will have at least 32MB. So, it will also be faster because of that.
Edited by tpi2007 - 2/26/11 at 6:49am
 
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post #16 of 43
Although a bit old,this is a great read for you.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html
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post #17 of 43
I'd say get a gts 450. Its not too pricey, and has a great bang for the buck!
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post #18 of 43
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honestly, you will see the biggest performance increase with an ssd.

cpu isn't the only thing that makes a computer fast. also reinstall windows. (on the ssd once you buy one)
THIS.

okay, say if you have a hard drive that can read at 3MB/s and write at 1.5MB/s
but then you have a Quad CPU @ 3Ghz with 4GB RAM and a good graphics card, which do you think is going to slow down the computer the most?... obviously the hard drive and thats the case in this guys mums computer, Seriously, you will not be needing a overclock unless you buy a SDD.

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THIS.

okay, say if you have a hard drive that can read at 3MB/s and write at 1.5MB/s
but then you have a Quad CPU @ 3Ghz with 4GB RAM and a good graphics card, which do you think is going to slow down the computer the most?... obviously the hard drive and thats the case in this guys mums computer, Seriously, you will not be needing a overclock unless you buy a SDD.

/thread.

Unless his mom is doing something that needs super super super fast performance, it's a waste of money.

Like I said in my previous post, he can just put Windows in one of the 1.5 TB HDD's that are inside the Computer and make that the boot drive. That will give him way more performance and responsivness than the current 160GB Boot drive.
 
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Unless his mom is doing something that needs super super super fast performance, it's a waste of money.

Like I said in my previous post, he can just put Windows in one of the 1.5 TB HDD's that are inside the Computer and make that the boot drive. That will give him way more performance and responsivness than the current 160GB Boot drive.
Well she must be doing something that requires performance otherwise he wouldnt want to overclock the computer, why start killing the computer by overclocking it when he can give it extra life and performance by getting a SSD.
its common sense.

Luckily for me my HDD read times are pretty damn good (130MB/s READ/ 75MB/s write)
    
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