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Home made "powerful" machine problems

Hello all,

I built a machine but ma having tons of problems with performance specially when playing World of Warcraft. An example of this that when I play WoW i get low FPS and can not run anything else. I can not run media player while playing. It stutters and cant switch to its window takes too long.

How do I diagnose what the problems is? I am guessing s something with my mother board since I tried taking my memory one at a time out. I also removed and tried each of my graphics card.

Mother board: Gigabyte SLI pro
graphics: 2 X leadtek 7800 nvidia
HD: 2 X 10K rpm SATA

help me diagnose this please Happy

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A recurring problem is "how to install Windows."

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I can't count how many don't know about current BIOS, motherboard drivers and more. Were the build instructions explicit about how to install Windows or were you left on your own?

Bob

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You left out a few things...

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What processor and how much and what type of RAM do you have on the system? If you are playing on-line then what kind of internet connection do you have, e.g. dial-up, DSL, cable,etc.?

Regards,
JB

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WMP...won't play during Gaming..??

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I thought this was the problem you described..
I'm not a GAMER....I have Games that came w/XP but I have never opened one of them..like in five years..
But if I sign-ON to the Internet w/WMP-10 running some Audio Files..it CUTS-out..until the ISP has loaded..
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Why mess w/RAM..you really have me confused on the RAM being an issue..System Set-Up will give you the specs on your RAM Module(s)..
..RAM usually will be placed in the SLOT closest to the PROCESSOR..
You may need to check that configuration..
Gaming needs a MINIMUM of 1-GB of RAM..some Video Cards I have read about suggest upwards to 4-GB's of RAM..Gaming is really a mystery to me..except for the Power-issues..
600-watts minimum Power Supply....1-GB RAM...Video Card...
I sometimes use a SELECTIVE Start-UP for my Video Editing Projects..
or I use a CUSTOM PAGEFILE Size..plus the Defragmentation Program(alot)..along w/Re-Installing the OS or other software programs..
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I have read that CHKDSK is just like a FORMAT Utility except it does NOT Remove FILES or Programs..use CHKDSK at least once per month..
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I have learned to NOT LOAD some software if my MAIN Project Software is not really compatible w/that SOFTWARE..
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Experiance is a very good teacher in the PC-user world..
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DiskClean-Defragmentaion-EventViewer-Defaults-Reset-and-RESTART all work at some level until a RE-INSTALL is necessary.

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Have you captured system benchmarks ...so you know when

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the system is really going faster ?

What are the 'rest' of the system components...like what CPU ?
What PSU ? What RAM ?

Did you load all the MB drivers ?

What does 'device manager' show ? Everything OK there ?

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addtional info

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Sorry guys I wrote this post while being really frustrated yesterday and left out important things.

Processor is AMD FX57 and 2GB ram.

I have the latest BIOS and drivers. I tried checking if the memory was a problem so I removed one of the DIMMs and then switched with the other. I tried the same with the graphics cards.

Also WoW takes 100% of my CPU even though people with systems much MUCH weaker than mine don't get over 50%.


Keep in mind that I have formatted and reinstalled everything before and switched from raid 0 to none. Same problems except now it seemed to be getting worse. i checked on the CPU temperature since i have water cooling and its at 35 degrees Celsius almost always. My power supply is also 600w.

I ran memory test programs and found no errors. I defragged and ran checkdsk as well and fixed the errors there.

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A few more tips

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Use Never for screen saver.

Check the start menu\programs\startup folder, should be empty.

Click Start and in the run box type msconfig, on the general tab put the dot in selective startup. click the startup tab and uncheck all except your antivirus program,apply\ok and restart. Put a checkmark for the warning about selective startup.

You may find this site helpful to ID. the startup items.

http://www.lafn.org/webconnect/mentor/startup/PENINDEX.HTM

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Example of weaker please...

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If those weaker are a dual-core then it may be worth noting that your system is a single-core. There is also the issue of your internet connection that may also play a role as if you are on dial-up then a low frame rate may not be that surprising for example.

Regards,
JB

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