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Mining the DB
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Ok here is my problem, Once a month a go to a pretty big LAN(about 400 people) and they have a DC++ server setup for file sharing etc. So we all connect up and share/download stuff. cool.

Here is my problem, when i am busy downloading/uploading files my PC is fine but if i try to go into a game.... OMW, it is horrible. it takes over 5 minutes to load a game that normally takes seconds. If i close/limit the DC++ then all is well.
I am running the setup in my sig-rig but will just add on a bit here:
i have 2 segate 7200 rpm 2.5" drives in RAID 0 running my OS, Game Installations and any other app installed. (2.5 as they had double the buffer of the 3.5 drives, 16mb instead of 8)

I have then a 500GB 7200.12 drive and a 1TB 7200.12 drive both for storage of which i share most of it.

The network is 1Gbps using 1Gb switches and fiber linking it all together.

I use my onboard gigabit NIC, have 2GB of RAM and a x86 OS.

My question is a follows:

If i upgrade to x64 and 4GB of RAM, do you think it might help my problem here? (my windows 7 key is for x86 and x64)
alternatively if i get another NIC and dedicate it to the DC++ app, could that help?

Any other suggestions are also welcome as i am kinda desperate here.

Please help.

Thanks all
 

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Dream Chaser
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That MAY help, but I think the main bottleneck is that you are reading and writing to same hard drives you are trying to load from. Like you're transferring files to your hard drive and its writing, and then your accessing your hard drive to load a game. My guess (however uneducated it may be) is that your bottleneck is there. Good luck tho
 

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I can see the problem. You trying to do multiple tasks and 2GB isn't enough. Your CPU is fast enough at 4.1Ghz. Most people these days I see run 4GB, especially when doing heavy stress work (i.e. photoshop, web browsing, gaming, at the same time). You mentioned you have a product key for 64-bit. Why not jump at it? Especially if you're going to upgrade to 4GB stick. You can sell your 2GB stick and then buy a 4GB stick. Although, you may not expect to get it at the price you're hoping for.

Everything else looks great in your rig. Hope this helps.

Good luck!
 

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Mining the DB
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Although, you may not expect to get it at the price you're hoping for.

Well i actually have a buyer for my 2GB sticks, selling for a bit more than half the current value but when i bought them they were alot cheaper, their prices have rocketed a bit. win for me
i almost selling them for what i bought it for, the buyer is getting a bargain aswell. it exactly cover half the cost of my new 4GB set so that all cool. they are out of stock of my new RAM so i hope they get soon. anyways 4GB here we come.

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but I think the main bottleneck is that you are reading and writing to same hard drives you are trying to load from

Well i share stuff from my 1TB and 500GB and normally write to my 500GB but i know the temp file location is in my RAID, ie where my games are installed. ill try changing that to my 500GB aswell and see if it help.
 

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i took 2 gig of my ram out last night for some testing, and let me tell you, running 2 gig there was a HUGE difference, games loading slower, stuttery, windows not as snappy.

i would upgrade to 4gig definitely, dunno if it will help your problem though
 

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I had the same issue back when I used DC++ and I only had one HDD.
The fact that you're trying to play games from the same disk people are downloading stuff is the issue.
Back then I had 512 ram,adding another HDD (and sharing from that, instead of main one where I had my games), helped the most.

Ever try playing something from a partition that you're currently defragmenting? It's like that.
 
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