New Phenom II PC Runing Slow


I've been having some problems with a newly built PC I have...
It seems to be running pretty slow. Here's how I notice:

I usually run 2 instances of a game on my dual-core pc (8800gts)...other than a slight bit of skippiness, it works fine. However on this new pc (gtx285), when I have the 2 same instances of the game running, and I try to drag a window around the screen, it's incredibly skippy, and would often leave little mirror images of its previous position.

Pretty much anything I do on this new pc is slower than everything I do on the older one.

I have no idea what's causing it. At first I thought it may because I have too many sticks of memory...I had 4 sticks of 2gb ddr3 memory on the motherboard, then after finding out Windows XP didn't support more than 4, I removed 2 from the secondary slots and it seemed to be slightly better. I also thought it may be a graphics problem, so I got the latest driver from evga site for 200 series cards, and it's still slow.

Another good example, is when using the WebcamMax program. With it on on the old computer, it runs very smoothly, whereas on this new pc, it slows down the pc a lot.

Any help is greatly appreciated. I have no idea what to do next...

PC Build:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 810 (AM3)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX285 SC Edition 1GB
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
HDD: WD 500gb SATA
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  1. What are you comparing your new system to? What was your old pc's setup?

    Also, what game are you running 2 instances of?
  2. Keep an eye on the performance tab in the task manager. That will tell you if your RAM or CPU is being tapped out.

    If not, you may need to update your video card drivers.
  3. I'm running 2 instances of Final Fantasy XI.
    I'm basically comparing my 2 computers side by side, and it is very clear the faster/newer one is running abnormally slow.

    My memory doesn't cap out, but my cpu goes to about 48% when running the simplest things.

    I believe it's the cpu now, because for Webcammax, when I turn it on, the computer slows down to the point where I have to wait 15 seconds after every click before something starts happening, and this is happening with nothing else running, no games open, no other windows open, just Webcammax alone, and I didn't even have it capture part of the desktop yet...

    Whereas on my older computer, webcammax runs perfectly fine with 2 instances of Final Fantasy XI, firefox, skype ,winamp, flash media encoder, AIM, etc... and with webcammax capturing 2 parts of the desktop (or even full screen).

    If you don't know what webcammax is, it's a piece of software that's like a webcam except it allows you to show parts of your desktop and stuff, and windows will treat it like a webcam device.
  4. start menu-->right click on my computer-->properties
    Are the stats listed there correct?

    control panel-->system-->under computer does it list a multicore cpu?

    You may want to download cpuz and check out your fsb and multiplier.
  5. Under Computer in system properties it says:

    AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 810
    2.61 GHz, 3.25GB of RAM
    Physical Address Extension

    I also downloaded cpuz and here are my results...
  6. I can't seem to find the chipset driver for the AMD Phenom II X4 810 (AM3)... Anyone know where I can get it? Or is it with the motherboard?

    Memtest says memory works fine.
  7. Driver for AMD is from Motherboard's driver. Best not to flash bios unless it is needed. Research for risks of flashing bios.

    Rule of thumb: Never fix a computer if it is already fixed.
  8. Sounds like a driver issue... I would definitely make sure you have every driver updated.
  9. What is the current BIOS version installed on your MB? The latest is F4A. Flash to the new bios correct the settings for the ram, voltage, and timmings. Was the OS a fresh install? Use driver cleaner to remove the previous driver files and install the latest GPU driver for your OS. Look at your ram info from CPU-Z. Is this your exact model ram?

    I had some trouble finding it. If not, please post your exact modle ram. G-skill and others make ram at faster timmings (cas7) for about the same money. The ram I listed specified intel chipsets for application, this could be a problem. Is the GPU installed in the pci-e slot closest to the CPU? Any chance the system has malware or virus?
    1. Install latest bios. Set bios functions for your system.
    2. Driver cleaner and newest driver for your GPU.
    3. Check system ram. Set the command rate to 2T. Consider this ram-
    4. Consider heat as a problem and what is your PSU? Is it adequate?

    Most MoBo's will require a bios flash. Your MB is on it's 4th bios version. Don't be afraid of it. Read your manual and check the OEM website for all the how to's. Or get a friend with some know how or a local PC shop.
  10. This is the ram i'm using:

    Drivers are updated...about to update BIOS from F2 to F4A
  11. Bios updated to F4A, chipset installed. The memory settings seem correct in bios... (6.66x 1333). Although I'm not sure about the 2T thing...there's a 1T/2T Command Timing, and it's set to blank instead of 1T or 2T...when I change the DDR3 Timing to manual, and set the 1T/2T command timing to either 1T or 2T, it stays blank...

    Some other things it shows in my bios for DDR3 Timing Items:
    CAS# Latency: 9T
    RAS to CAS R/W Delay: 9T
    Row Precharge Time: 9T
    Minimum RAS Active Time: 24T
    TwTR Command Delay: 5T

    GPU driver is the latest.

    Heat seems fine. I have a lot of fans on it and the side panel is open to let more air in.

    When i Check some Memory Device settings in a utility provided with the motherboard, for memory slot 1, it says the following:

    Memory Error Information Handle: Not Provide
    Size of Memory Device: 2048 M Bytes
    Total Width: 64 Bits
    Data Width: 64 Bits
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Device Set: 0
    Device Locator: A0
    Bank Locator: Bank0/1
    Memory Type: Unkown

    For slot 2, the Device Locator is A1 and Bank Locator is Bank2/3.

    Is memory type supposed to be unkown
  12. Info taken from the Product page:

    Download from ... F4A 2009/03/27 Update CPU ID

    Download from ... F3 2009/03/12 Improve LAN compatibility

    Download from ... F2B 2009/03/10 Update ACC code for Phenom X3 CPU

    Download from ... F2 2009/01/16 First Release

    With the bios updated and new settings in place how does the system run as compaired with before?
  13. Seems the same. I actually found the problem with webcammax, it was trying to capture from my Blackmagic Intensity Capture Card, and it was lagging up the program a lot.

    However, I'm still having the window mirrored problem when dragging the window around.

    Thanks very very much for the help. I'll continue to try things day by day until it works. I'll be back later ;)
  14. Hmm.. That really sounds like a GPU issue... My videocard has caused stuttering and slow actions when the right drivers were not installed. Can you take the GPU from other PC and put it in your new one and try?
  15. Well, the video card on my older computer is a different card. It's an EVGA 8800gts.

    The new computer's video card is the EVGA GTX285. I downloaded the latest driver for the 200 series card from the EVGA website, so i'm pretty sure it's the right one.
  16. Quote:
    Is this a Vista computer? Turn off the Aero feature and the windows sidebar. They eat up resources.

    Nope, it's Windows XP.
  17. Have you assigned the other game instance and other programs to separate cores?
  18. I know its a different card.. but its a lesser card too. So if you try the other videocard (which is not as good).. and everything is faster.. then you can kind of narrow it down. :)
  19. Hi mate,

    I just built a new computer for a mate, here are the specs:
    AMD Phenom II X4 925 @ 2.8GHz
    Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-12800 1600Mhz
    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H w/ ATi Radeon HD 4200 Onboard Video
    Corsair TX650W PSU

    Im having the same problem as you however,
    It just seems to be running poorly.

    My older intel quad core 2.5Ghz, 4Gb DDR2 800Mhz system, with lower specs, boots in 1 min 30 sec (inc startup of all programs) into Win7 x64 Ultimate while this new, faster system with same operating system takes over 3 mins.
    Ive flashed to the latest BIOS, updated to all the latest drivers (it seems the chipset drivers for the mobo are included in the Graphics drivers for this mobo.

    The whole system is just sluggish and unuseable for the first 10 minutes, it gets much better after that, but it wouldnt be the software as its got almost none on it. and it was booting slower with none on it at all, just Win7 OS. After 15 minutes everything begins to run mostly smoothly, just programs open slower than my older pc counterpart. Please let me know if you have made progress on this problem.
  20. I've never really solved the problem. It seems to run everything smoothly. The only time it seems to be choppy is when I'm dragging windows around the screen or running screen capture software. Sure, running screen capture software should cause it to become choppy, but on my older dual-core amd computer it isn't close to as choppy as it would get on this newer one.
  21. Very interesting, I too just put together a system with similar specifications:

    AMD Phenom II 945
    A-DATA DDR3 4GB RAM 9-9-9-24 timings
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GT motherboard
    EVGA GTX260 video card
    Windows 7 64-bit

    The system does seem a little slower than my latter machine that I just replaced

    AMD Phenom 9750
    Patriot DDR2 4GB RAM
    Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
    EVGA GTX260 video card
    Windows 7 64-bit

    I notice that programs are starting up slow, extraction using Winrar is kind of sluggish too. :??: I wonder if it's the AMD chipsets that are causing performance issues??
  22. Wow. This is very similar to my experience. Here's what I just built last night:

    ASUS M3A78-CM Mother board
    AMD Phenom II 940 (4-core, 64 bit)
    4 GB Kingston HyperX PC2 8500 CL5
    EVGA 9400 GT 1 GB DDR2 (PCIe 2.0)
    250 GB Hdd came from my older computer (it worked OK on that system)
    Generic DVD drive from my older computer (it worked OK on that system)

    I started installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit at 9:00 PM. By 7:30 the NEXT morning, the thing was only 50% through the stage of uncompressing the files pulled off the installation DVD. EVERYTHING on this computer is slower than molasses. The Resource Usage program shows hardly any activity on anything when I would expect it to be humming. For example, I'm downloading updates and it takes 2 hours to download 71 MB on a high speed Comcast cable internet connection. When I look at the Resource meter, there's hardly any network activity, almost no hdd activity, and CPU looks like its taking a snooze in the park.

    I have not updated BIOS (will do that next if there is an update).

    Any ideas.
  23. Hey everyone, wondering if any of the people who was having the same problems as me has fixed their problems.

    Since the day I started this thread, I've pretty much just put up with the slowness. At first I was going to try to get Windows 7 64-bit, but after seeing Javanic's post about it, I'm not sure I want to get it anymore since that is probably not the problem.

    One thing I noticed though, we are all using EVGA Nvidia cards. I read somewhere that the motherboard was made for ATI video cards. Anyone have an ATI graphics card with this motherboard? If so does it run slow as well?

  24. Hello calvyno ... well ... here are the things that I've tried:

    BFG GTX 260 OC
    Reinstall Windows 7 x64
    Added 4GB of RAM (total now 8GB)

    Changing SATA mode to AHCI in BIOS :bounce:

    So I made this change after reading about some of the benefits of AHCI, I went ahead and changed it. While WEI still reads 5.9 performance, the computer does seem snappier. :) Maybe it's just me though ... :pt1cable:
  25. I have a similar build my only problem is if i install all 8 gigs of memory ie use all four slots windows 7 starts running intermittently if i populate any of three of them all is fine its just if all four are populated i get intermitent stalls it runs it stops it runs it stops and when i turn it off it takes forever to shut down. but if only 6 gigs its fine any thoughts on this?


    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX

    G.SKILL 2x 4GB (2 x 2GB) Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ52979800 DDR3

    Graphics Card
    Visiontek Radeon HD 3850

    and im pretty sure these mb are designed more for ati graphics rather than nvidia
  26. rickhill said:
    I have a similar build my only problem is if i install all 8 gigs of memory ie use all four slots windows 7 starts running intermittently if i populate any of three of them all is fine its just if all four are populated i get intermitent stalls it runs it stops it runs it stops and when i turn it off it takes forever to shut down. but if only 6 gigs its fine any thoughts on this?


    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX

    G.SKILL 2x 4GB (2 x 2GB) Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ52979800 DDR3

    Graphics Card
    Visiontek Radeon HD 3850

    and im pretty sure these mb are designed more for ati graphics rather than nvidia

    Few things ... did you set the timings and voltages correctly in the BIOS?

    Secondly, are you using the latest BIOS? See if there is a new BIOS out.

    Finally, I find that G.SKILL RAM is very poorly manufactured. I have built two systems in the past using G.SKILL RAM. One of them, the RAM was bad out of the box. The second one, the RAM went bad after a month. I now have Patriot and ADATA RAM in those systems, and all is running well.
  27. I remember reading somewhere that if you have 4 sticks of RAM in and notice a performance decrease that the RAM "Might" need a little more voltage for the extra sticks.

    Also boot up time has ALOT to do with Hard Drive speed.
  28. Maybe the mobo or processor is defective...

    FYI, all motherboards on newegg have alot of 1 star ratings for being defective.
  29. hello all, here is my new system specs......

    i have purchased all these things from hariniwas /patna on 12 oct 2010.

    1. AMD phenom 2 x4 945 3.0 ghz processor-rs. 7200/-

    2. Asus M4A88T-M 880G/SB710 motherboard-rs. 4800/-

    3. kingston 2 gb ddr3 1333 ram-rs. 2100/-

    4. Dynet 2 gb ddr3 1333 ram-rs. 1800/-

    5. XFX ATI RADEON HD4650 1GB graphic card-3950/-

    6. Circle Full ATX Cabinet With Power Supply

    7. LG double layer dvd writer

    8. Samsung B2030 20" LCD monitor

    9. samsung 1 tb 5200 rpm hard disk

    10. windows 7 ultimate 64 bit os.

    but my problem is system boots up slow ,shutdown slow, games are runnig good but programmes starting slowly.i have updated latest bios and all drivers. i m not going with overclocking. both rams are fitted into blue slots. what is the problem ?? give me suggestions and solution.
  30. you are mixing manufacturers of ram which will cause system instability, stick with one stick of ram and the system will run fine
  31. Just built this under a month ago:
    Phenom II x6 1090t @ 3.8ghz
    HD radeon 6950 @
    Asus m4A87TD EVO mobo
    4gb Gskill Trident 2000mhz PC16000 ram

    Slowest computer in the house, hands down. That is saying alot.
    Start up takes about 2 min, another min before i can launch any programs, and another min for them to launch.
    Browser freezes just from changing tabs 60% of the time, installing things takes overnight, and even then the installer just might freeze altogether. Computer randomly freezes for as long as 6minutes at a time, maybe even multiple times in a row.
    I can run crysis on very high settings+graphical enhancers at 40-60 frames a second (if it loads before i decide to do something else).
    I've tried every ram timing, frequency and voltage setting possible.

    What the hell is wrong with my computer.
  32. Surprising to find so many with similar problems. I just got a new Phenom II X6 based system a week ago, and the overall response for everything is much slower than my 5 year old Athlon X2 based system.

    Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.7GHz
    Asus M5A99X Evo mobo
    nVidia GTX550Ti
    4GB Kingston DDR3-1333 RAM
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I earlier had:

    Athlon X2 4800+ @ 2.5GHz
    Asus M2N-MX mobo
    nVidia 8600GT Fatal1ty 256MB (died a year ago, was running onboard ATi 4290 post that)
    4GB Transcend DDR2-800 RAM
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64

    The ratings look good and all, but in simple performance parameters, startup/ surfing on Chrome, hell, even FarmVille on Facebook lags bigtime and even causes a system hang at times. I've taken a screenshot with CPU usage @ 85% and RAM @ 52% with just Winamp and FarmVille running..

    Drivers are up to date. The numbers don't make anything seem like it's wrong, but it's got me completely exasperated.. :@ I even tried installing Windows XP, but I only got "No Hard Drives were detected on the system" (Yes, I have all SATA drives and a USB DVD-RW drive to boot..)

    Any suggestions welcome.
  33. All,

    I have the same problem with an AMD 1100 and Radeon HD 6950 I built, Great RAM..... Problem is we are looking for AMD CPU's because of the lower pricing and nice looking specs, because of the Radeon card that has to be used in many of the MB's its killing the speed on games especially. Radeon is terrible. I am going to get a new MB that will do Radeon and NVidia with my same AMD 1100 CPU so I can put my SLI NVidia 8800 (Alpha Dog Versions) in and see if it makes a difference. I bought RAGE and it would run smooth but there were big unrendered squares on the ground, updated all drivers and same thing. Even brought the resolution down to 800X600 and same thing. Swapped my MB to an old XFX with Q6600 quad chip and Rage runs fine..........
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