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Why is my new rig performing worse than the old one?

by ET_CaughDrop / June 18, 2012 5:52 AM PDT

i recently purchased and built my 4th custom pc. i build them once every 4 years or so to keep up to date with the latest games and hardware. my new rig features an AMD FX-6200 6-core processor, and a sapphire radeon HD 6950 2gb video card. as well as 8gb ddr3 ram. now for some reason, this machine will get jittery frames and/or even worse frames than my previus machine (featuring an AMD Athlon II x2 220, with a radeon HD6670 1gb) this only happens in some games though. like Portal 2, Minecraft, and Diablo 3. while in every other game, this rig performs outstandingly better than the old one. if anyone knows the answer i would be very grateful for your advice

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Most common cause? No one knows how to install Windows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2012 7:28 AM PDT

Looking at your post all I see is the usual story but have to guess someone installed Windows and didn't finish the install.

I can't offer the exact procedure but the maker of the machine should be keel hauled until they tell you the exact and working install plan.

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can you elaborate?
by ET_CaughDrop / June 18, 2012 10:34 AM PDT

can you elaborate a little more on that? i see what you mean, but i've never had this problem before and have been working with Win7 since it first launched. i installed the OS then went through Windows Update and installed every other important update (such as Service Pack 1 and other updates). was there something i missed?

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No I can't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2012 10:44 AM PDT
In reply to: can you elaborate?

I don't see the details to share if there is a helper app that needs installing but you did give up a good clue.

The install of Windows you described is what I see many folk do today and the results are telling the story for me. Think back to the days of old (Windows 2000). That is, where did you go get the drivers for the motherboard and more?

It's not automatic.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2012 10:46 AM PDT
In reply to: No I can't.

Again, I can't guess what the proper install is here. In short it's install the OS, then drivers from the maker but only the machine's integrator should know what drivers and what order to install them.

What's new is that sometimes you have to install "helper apps" which are not drivers but can be very important to get the speed out of the system. Again, the person who designed the PC and integrated it is the one you hammer for the Windows install procedure.

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by Willy / June 19, 2012 1:29 AM PDT

Here's what I do:

1) install OS and all updates
2) check and verify for any bios updates
3) install drivers for all devices AND! proper X86 or X64
4) Now use your PC

Understand games themselves can be an issue. They too have to be capable and kept up-to-date by the maker. In some cases that is not soon enough. Further, it may not be so compatible to your current setup as it lags behind. Next, some games just aren't too keen to take advantage of any newer configuration as explained above. Thus, check and update/patches any games or at least check.

If problems still arise and everything but a game seems to flauter then consider you've done everything possible. For now I exclude any "cooling" issues, because gaming places demands on a PC in the high-end, so it pays to keep your PC well cooled.

tada -----Willy Happy

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i've fixed almost everything...
by ET_CaughDrop / June 21, 2012 12:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Checklist

i've managed to to a combination of driver updates & reinstalls, game updates, software packages, windows updates, and now everything is running great.. except for portal 2. for some reason, i get 100+ frames on every other game or program/application, but can only manage to squeeze out 20-26 frames on portal 2 on the lowest possible settings (even at 800x600 resolution)

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From another post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2012 1:03 PM PDT
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