I've just recently assembled my first custom build, and even after countless software optimizations, I'm getting a bottleneck somewhere, since my game performance is way lower bench scores than I'm supposed to.
Since my CPU is an i5-4440 and the GPU is quite powerful (the minimum FPS in TR2013@1080p should be 21, and mine is 12@a way lower resolution), I've determined that it has got to be the hard drive.
Now, the main issue, as I understand, is me having a laptop hard drive (I don't know what I was thinking, maybe that it'll be quiet, since my old 2008 one beeps really loud).
I have about 80€ to spend, and that'll give me either a 60GB or 120GB SSD or a standard 1TB hard drive (or less)(my current is 500GB, as I feel that's way more than I need).
So, what do you recommend? Do I get a big SSD, install Windows on it and leave the laptop HDD as a secondary OR should I get a 60GB SSD and use it as cache?
Or maybe ditch both ideas and just go along with a bigger, better HDD?
Motherboard manufacturers are notorious for shipping older, out-of-date drivers on the CDs that are shipped with the MBs. Go to this Intel site and run the Driver Update Utility to see if you have the latest chipset drivers. If not, they will refer you to the proper drivers. http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect?iid=dc_iduu
But there hasn't even been an update from Intel's side... The things on Gigabyte's site are the same version as those on the disc.
But I did a check anyways, and the thing told me my chipset drivers are okay. It said it can't recognize the GPU, LAN thingy and sound and WiFi thingy.
An update to my situation: I bought a brand-new monitor just yesterday (my first 1080p, heck, my first widescreen monitor!) and it feels amazing. Apparently my GPU would concur and only now am I getting the frames I was supposed to (that are a bit higher than those of my old, 1280x1024 monitor). And yes, I checked the game's settings and changed them to what I had with my old monitor. Whatever happened here, it's weird.
Maybe the game doesn't have good support for that resolution?
Whatever, as long as it works, I'm okay with it
Also, happy new year! c: