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April 9, 2010 10:11:44 PM

Hi all. i`m new here. need some advice and help from all of you..

My old Rig

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.4ghz
Asus en9600gt 512mb 128bit
Kingston HyperX 4gb 800mhz
Common PSU 250watt
Windows XP professional x32

with this rig i can play untill battlefield badcompany 2 and just cause...not to mention assassins creed 2....
its kinda laggy and slow fps

but recently i have upgraded my rig to

GA-G31M-ES2L (same Motherboard)
intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93ghz
Gigabyte gts250 512mb 256bit
Kingston HyperX 4gb 800mhz (same RAM)
Common PSU 450watt
Windows 7 ultimate x32

for this rig every game became more stable and more fps..
But, theres something that bothering me,

1. My gaming still kinda lag a bit.
2. The quality of game change a bit only
3. Why when i set game setting to high the fps drop?

to think again, yes im agreed if you guys said my rig is poor..its ok.... im a student and from a mid range huge family but my new rig supposed to play at high setting....

please gimme advice and help inorder to enhance my gaming and to have a homebuilt full experience :) 

p/s : i have updated all drivers, defrag, disable antivirus.

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April 9, 2010 10:29:26 PM

oh yea almost forgot, live in malaysia....the price of a hardware is quite expensive for example gigabyte gts 250 1gb = RM520 equals to $162.93......
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April 9, 2010 11:44:10 PM

My first suggestion is to overclock your CPU to at least 3.2 GHz and that should provide a better performance increase. Over 3.0 GHz is good for gaming performance.

Most of those games will benefit from a Quad-Core CPU but that looks out of your budget, so overclocking is your best option. Also, you can run the games at a lower resolution, which will help with the lag, as well
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April 10, 2010 5:56:25 AM

if i overclocked wouldn`t shorten the core lifespan? basically im afraid to overclock :0
regarding your suggestion, can i overclock the core on the stock fan??
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April 10, 2010 12:45:13 PM

Overclocking will not effect the life span of your CPU (as long as you maintain safe temps). You'll be fine running at 3.2 GHz :) 

You can do a mild overclock on a stock fan but I would recommend any overclock be done using an aftermarket cooler for better temp.
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April 11, 2010 12:28:41 AM

:o  wow....

guess ill be oc my core after all... 3.2ghz..

if i buy a new psu such as cooler master with true power, will it gives my rig a performance boost?
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April 11, 2010 12:41:53 AM

A new PSU will not increase your performance, unless your old PSU didn't have enough power to properly power system.
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April 11, 2010 4:03:56 AM

hm let say that my current psu is 230v which gives 450 watt maximum... my gts 250 graphic card need "at least" 450 watt.. does that mean i have an adequate power for my whole system?
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April 11, 2010 11:45:15 AM

You need to know how many amps are on your 12V rail, which plays a major role. Can you list the make and model, which will help determining if you need a new one or not.
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April 11, 2010 12:24:06 PM

12V rail?
heres my psu

model : AVF PS450-F1V2

AC input : 115v-230v Current : 10A 6A Frequency 50hz 60hz

max 435watt

total max power 450 watt...

like this?
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April 11, 2010 1:46:57 PM

It is not the best of PSU :(  Do you already have it or do you have options for a different brand?

I tried to Google it to find the 12v rail amps and had no luck (not a good thing... IMO). On paper it has the power for a GTS250 but I'm not sure in performance it does. It might just have to be one of those, let's see what happens.
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April 12, 2010 3:39:17 AM

haha i knew it. uh... i already have it... i think if i convert the price of the psu into dollar... about 10$....haha i know its cheap...

im thinking about cooler master with 650watt....

or corsair......
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April 12, 2010 9:16:14 AM

Corsair is your first choice if you can get it, followed by SeaSonic & Antec
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April 12, 2010 10:47:48 AM

ahh i see,...

but does it really makes any difference between 2.93 and 3.0? well it just a small value 0.07...

next month im gonna buy new psu... :) 

i have a new question... what if i change my ram from hyperX kvr800 to corsair ddr2 gaming?
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April 12, 2010 10:53:27 AM

update...

just check on antec neo480 psu...

dang the price is high :(  $149.95 / RM570.....
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