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September 28, 2010 10:14:08 PM

Currently, my computer heats up a lot for some reason (mostly the graphics card) and I feel like the computer runs rather sluggish for a 2.6 GHz Quad Core.

My drivers are all up to date and I'm running at a resolution of 1280 X 1024. Can someone give me any tests or something to get numbers? I feel like I can get more out of my machine.


MOTHERBOARD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS CARD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROCESSOR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 10:49:51 PM

Are you using an aftermarket cooler?
What case are you using?
What Operating system are you using?

Monitoring and tests
Prime95(CPU stability test)
Memtest 86(memory error test)
Wprime(calculation speed test)
3D mark 06/vantage(Video benchmark)
PC mark(PC performance test)
HWmonitor( monitors system voltages, temps and frequency)

If you run any of the tests (except memtest86) you should use HWmonitor to monitor temps and dont let temps go over 60c.

Cleaning and optimization
WinAso (clean, defrags registry, optimizes windows settings, and cleans history)
If using XP TweakUI (alows you to tweak windows settings)

Also make sure you defrag hard drives (except SSD)
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a c 266 U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 11:19:29 PM

2gb is insufficient ram these days. Look for 4gb or more.

Remove the side panel from your case, and direct a house fan at the innards. If your temperatures improve, and performance improves, look at improving your case cooling. What case do you have?

What antivirus do you have? Perhaps you are infected with a virus or spyware.
Look at your started tasks. Is there anything there that you do not recognize or is not needed?
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2010 11:44:51 PM

^+1 for virus. I didnt think of that.
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a b U Graphics card
September 29, 2010 1:35:15 AM

Ok. dont panic.
Are you using an aftermarket cooler?
What case are you using?
How long has it been since you re-applied thermal paste?
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September 29, 2010 1:38:13 AM

First, thanks for all the help.

No, I am not using an aftermarket cooler.
I am using a case I got off my friend, but I don't know the name of it. Either way, it doesn't seem that great for cooling.
It's been about 5 - 6 months since I installed this rig and applied the thermal and everything.
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a b U Graphics card
September 29, 2010 1:48:46 AM

Ok if you have the option install some more fans or purchase another case, good air flow is a must, also if you have some extra money I would definitely purchase an aftermarket cooler. The Hyper 212+ is a great budget cooler If the case is large enough. The cooler is about 5.2in tall so if the case is at least 7.5in wide your good.
If not like geofelt said remove the side cover and use a small house fan and see if temps drop. I would also re-apply the thermal paste and re-seat the heatsink.

Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 29, 2010 2:22:09 AM

Hmm, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll buy a fan or two and shift the cbales around and make everything neater. I'm going to college in about a year, so I don't think plumping about $100 on a computer is worth it anymore, as I'm not a computer addict as I used to be.

Thank you though :)  Very appreciated!
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a b U Graphics card
September 29, 2010 2:47:39 AM

Ok, good luck. [:bohleyk:1]
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