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Whats the problem with my new pc? HELP PLEASE!!!

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January 7, 2008 8:43:07 PM

250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-650-ACAA-A1 ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply
SAPPHIRE 100222L Radeon HD 2900PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Intel BOXDG31PR LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
2gb A-DATA ddr2 800 ram

My old agp system seems to run better than my new one above. The specs to my old system are:

asus p4c-800e deluxe mobo
512mb x1950pro agp
P4@ 3GHz 478
2gb corsair value ram
500W psu
250GB hard drive eide

My new system doesn't seem to outperform my old rig in any game, but even more so in eq2. This is my 4th build and this is the first one that has me completely baffled. I've checked eq2 forums and people with similar specs have been playing on max settings, and I can only play on balanced. Sometimes I get weird lines on the screen which cause a rippling in the game. COD4 is the same problem. IN 3dmark06 I get a score of 9512. I ran everest while running games and I my hottest temp is 55c on core 1, is that too hot? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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January 7, 2008 9:06:31 PM

is your old rig XP 32 bit and your new rig Vista 32 bit?

Two thoughts:
1. Vista runs games slower than XP. A lot of gamers use XP because of this.
2. Vista has built-in HDCP DRM which screws up hi resolution if it detects anything in the system that it does not trust. For example, I have read that folks with monitors that are not Vista certified, or folks who had ripped media where Vista could find it have reported problems.

HERE is an article about Microsoft DRM if you would like to read more.
January 7, 2008 9:14:03 PM

I'm still using xp 32bit as I did with my old rig.
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January 7, 2008 9:25:16 PM

Could it be a graphics card problem?? Seems so with the so called lines causing ripples. Test it to see its working properly or update drivers and see if that works.
January 8, 2008 1:51:30 PM

What is your CPU scoring in 3dMark06? My Q6600 was scoring in the mid 2000s when it should have been scoring in the high 3000s. This was because the multiplier was set to 6 instead of 9 in the BIOS. It's just an idea but it is something to check.
January 8, 2008 3:09:11 PM

First make sure you the latest graphics drivers and system bios. Next run some tests. Also, make sure the 8pin power connector is plugged into your video card.

1. Run Memtest86+ to check the ram
2. Run Prime95 to check system stability
3. Run "Ati Tool" to scan for graphics artifacts to check your video card.

GL

edit: After a quick search, your 3d06 mark 9512 seems about right for your system. Also, 55C temperature is fine.
January 8, 2008 4:44:33 PM

my multiplier is set to 6...I know nothing about this, should it be 9?
January 8, 2008 5:58:56 PM

Its Intels Speedstep.....at idling it drops the multiplier to save energy. Then under load it kicks back up
January 8, 2008 6:32:44 PM

Silverion77 is correct about speedstep but the multiplier and thus processor speeed shouldn't drop during a load or while playing a game. If you are concerned you can disable speedstep in the BIOS. I have the same processor but I went with a Gigabyte P35 board and I have an 8800 GTS (1st gen). My 3DMark score is around 10000. I too am not impressed with my Intel Quad core because it isn't much faster tham my old Athlon 64 3000 but I think the SATA hard drive is the problem. My old system had two 160GB IDE (PATA) drives and they weren't in an array. My new 500GB SATA drive has 3 100gb partitions and one 170GB partition. XP 32bit is on the first 100GB partition. I used HDTune to test the HD and even though I got an max sustained transfer rate of 75 mb/s it drops to 3 or 5 mb/s at it's lowest. I formatted and re-installed XP 10 times and got similar results. My work PC boots up more quickly and HDTune performance doesn't drop like it does on my home PC. My work PC is an HP Core 2 Duo 6400 (2.13) with the same videocard and memory as my home PC but the HD is a 160GB SATA drive. I don't know if any of this helps but you are not alone. Please update if you find a fix. Thanks
January 11, 2008 1:38:27 PM

As natastna said, set your CPU multiplier to 9 and you should be fine.
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