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February 19, 2006 4:52:26 AM

Hi all,

i have a custom built pc with the following specs:
athlon 64 3700 (san diego) overclocked to 2.84
asus a8n sli motherboard
2 gigs ocz ddr500 gold
80 gig sata 2 hard drive
80 gig ide hard drive
7800 gtx 256 mb graphics card

I still get a freezes and bumps at times when I game. do any of you guys know what could be causing this. i have the latest graphics driver. any help would be appreciated. Thanks
February 19, 2006 5:17:16 AM

The problem may be the Sound Card if you are using onboard sound because
it hinders the CPU because onboard sound is CPU dependent especially
in games where there are tons of sound FX. Other than that you have a sweet setup. So, if you are using onboard sound I would suggest you get something
like a Creative XFI, or an audigy2 card to lessen the load off the CPU because
the add on sound card has it's own memory dedicated to it's self. :roll:
February 20, 2006 12:11:01 AM

thanks so much. it seemed to help when i tried my friends audigy 2 value. do you think thats good enough for gaming or would an xfi make gaming even smoother?
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February 20, 2006 12:40:28 AM

i would stick with the cheapest audigy you can find. x fi isnt worth the $
February 20, 2006 1:05:18 AM

Get a dual core... no need to worry about something sucking away CPU power, because there's always another core there to take up the slack ;) 

But if that's a little to extreme for you, then I agree, the soundcard could be the cuplrit.
February 20, 2006 1:17:37 AM

probably b/c you dont have the correct sound system to use it with
February 20, 2006 1:22:12 AM

hard drive. its a major speed limiter. and you should drop your OC some that can cause crashes and lockuos you describe.
February 20, 2006 2:06:23 AM

hard drive btw y are you keeping the ide hd?
February 20, 2006 2:22:32 AM

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Hi all,

i have a custom built pc with the following specs:
athlon 64 3700 (san diego) overclocked to 2.84
asus a8n sli motherboard
2 gigs ocz ddr500 gold
80 gig sata 2 hard drive
80 gig ide hard drive
7800 gtx 256 mb graphics card

I still get a freezes and bumps at times when I game. do any of you guys know what could be causing this. i have the latest graphics driver. any help would be appreciated. Thanks


:wink: The first thing I would check is the memory and see if the motherboard specifically says it handles DDR500. Some higher end memory modules may not work correctly in some boards. If you have some DDR333 or DDR400 memory you might swap them and see how it works. :lol: 

:wink: Second, you might not want to overclock so much and see how that works. Also what processor fan are you using? Your processor may be overheating. :oops: 

:roll: Third, what size and brand power supply is installed? :?:
February 20, 2006 2:43:05 AM

the 80 gig ide hard drive is just to backup files.
February 20, 2006 2:51:15 AM

the motherboard manuel only has a list of ddr400 memory. In bios I just leave the memory at ddr400, but I raise the bus speed to 258 with an 11x multiplier. am i suppose to choose the ddr500 in the memory select section?

i'll try limiting my overlclock to see what happens. I have the Zalman copper/aluminum heatsink. And for your third question, I have the ocz modstream 520W powersupply. I'll let you guys know my results. thanks for the inputs.
February 20, 2006 3:33:02 AM

ok dude btw iis the ram you using cas 3 or cas 2.5
February 20, 2006 3:40:29 AM

cas 2.5. do you think the sata II hard drive is fast enough to avoid bottlenecks from the hard drive?
February 20, 2006 5:49:28 AM

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cas 2.5. do you think the sata II hard drive is fast enough to avoid bottlenecks from the hard drive?


nope, thoes sata2 drives are slow. get a 74gig raptor, or two in raid0.

i personally keep IDE drives too, got 280 gigs worth for storage, lol.
February 20, 2006 6:17:06 AM

Those 7800 GTX's are power hungry. Your power supply feeding 'em properly with all your other stuff? :lol: 
February 20, 2006 6:25:13 AM

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Those 7800 GTX's are power hungry. Your power supply feeding 'em properly with all your other stuff? :lol: 


everyone hates my PSU, its an aspire 550watt camelian. but it runs solid, and had an 6pin connector for the vid card.
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