What is my bottleneck?

CPU Type: QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2400 MHz (9 x 267)
Motherboard Name: EVGA E175
Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) (Running two monitors at 1680x1050)
Audio Adapter: Realtek ALC888/1200 @ nVIDIA nForce 430i (MCP51) - High Definition Audio Controller
Ram: 4x Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400C4 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)

Running windows vista 64 bit.

Many games are running very, very poorly. I don't belive i have a bad setup, what do i need to upgrade? Also I just reformatted a month ago, and defrag every wednesday
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  1. hmm, everything looks good. maybe a driver problem? did you download the right graphic drivers?

    try keep your rams at all the same timings and Mhz. if you have different sticks take out the odd one.
  2. Your games run poorly........ in what way ??
  3. All of the ram is the exact same, just updated my video driver yesterday as I thought that may be the culprit

    Warhammer Online for example runs ridiculously poor. On the lowest settings it either stutters for no reason or just goes into slide show mode.

    Also there are a lot of just hitches within windows. Many times it stutters, or things just go unresponsive.

    I downloaded the RC of windows 7 from microsoft yesterday, thinking I'm going to install that tonight as I've heard good things performance wise.

    Here are my temps from speedfan, unfortunately I don't really know much about this or where they should be at. my case is an antec 900 so there shouldn't be a shortage of airflow/fans

    GPU: 62C
    System: 85C
    CPU: 29C
    AUX: 31C
    HD0: 28C
    HD1: 32C
    Temp1: 40C
    Core 0: 37C
    Core 1: 37C

    Thanks for the all the help guys
  4. Are you seeing 4 active cores for your CPU?
    Quick check, go into task manager, and see if you are seeing 4 graphs....
  5. I think I had the same problem when I built my new system as well. Go to your hardware manager, open the properties for your hard drive and make sure both boxes are checked under the optimize for performance section. That's what I did and it helped tremendously. Hope it helps you out.
  6. Anything below 3.2Ghz is bottlenecking the GTX 260
  7. jay_l_a said:
    Are you seeing 4 active cores for your CPU?
    Quick check, go into task manager, and see if you are seeing 4 graphs....

    Yes, I think speedfan just had osme sort of issue seeing them.

    So should I look into overclocking the processor? its something I've never done before but I've heard that these processors can get up there pretty easily

    Thanks for all the help guys, I'm going to try out windows 7 and see how much of a difference it makes. I don't think I should be having this many issues even with just windows.

    Any tips would be appreciated
  8. First get a Zalman 9700CNPS then over clock the b*tch to 3.2. If you use stock you're going to fry the processor.
  9. Did you configure the display driver in its controle panel?

    I ask this because i had the same issue with my vista 64 and GTS250 and GRID, smooth the suddenly it just slows down to a crawl...

    turned out to be the new nVidia drivers with the "Power saving" feature...

    i uninstalled the "new" drivers and installed the previous drivers(186.18) and the problem disapeard. :)

    You may try to fiddle with the driver settings, but it didn't realy give me the desired result.

    as for the overclocking.... NO. only shortens the life of your components, and since you never did it before it will be hard to find a stable, usable system setting.
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