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September 30, 2010 9:01:58 PM

I made this computer to play WoW. i was told it would be just fine for it, but it just doesnt run good at all.

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

VideoCard - NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT

Processor - Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @2.20GHz

2048MB RAM(kingston if that matters)


but yeah if anyone happens to know why its running terribly id appreciate the help :) 

oh and i know someone who got the same exact computer and his runs great :/ 
a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 9:19:41 PM

That would have run WoW well about 4 years ago on a 1024x768 monitor. If that computer is new, the person who said it would run WoW fine doesn't know that they are talking about (or their definition of fine is different from mine).


What monitor resolution are you at? That determine how much graphics power you need.

Today for gaming you would want a 3GHz CPU and a much stronger graphics card to handle bigger monitor resolutions.

If Nvidia calls it a GT they dont expect you to game on it. If its a GTS then its a bargain gaming card. The GTXs are the strong gaming graphics cards.


Try setting the WoW graphics options for DX9 at very low and see how it plays at your monitors native resolution.

Try reducing the game resolution to much lower, but turn the graphic settings back up to medium and see how it plays.

That will tell you if your CPU or GPU should be improved first. My bet is replacing the graphics card will give you a pretty good performance boost since a GT 9500 isnt really a gaming card.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 9:22:14 PM

What do you mean by slow? Is it slow opening programs? Slow booting up? or just slow when playing games?

What kind of hard drive do you have? If it's an IDE or SATA 1.5 Gbs, then I can see why it's slow. Nowadays, if you don't have a fast hard drive, your computer is going to bottleneck.

Also try going into the BIOS and disabling C1E and/or EIST. If they're turned on, it throttles your CPU.
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September 30, 2010 9:31:33 PM

masterasia said:
What do you mean by slow? Is it slow opening programs? Slow booting up? or just slow when playing games?

What kind of hard drive do you have? If it's an IDE or SATA 1.5 Gbs, then I can see why it's slow. Nowadays, if you don't have a fast hard drive, your computer is going to bottleneck.

Also try going into the BIOS and disabling C1E and/or EIST. If they're turned on, it throttles your CPU.



Its just slow overall like even just on myspace and such.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... thats the hard drive i have.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 9:39:02 PM

You notice the HDD link says "THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE". Its old and slow to begin with.

How full is it? If its getting mostly full, that will slow it down. You could back it up and try a re-format/re-install to see if that helps.

Do you run anti-spyware or anti-virus? Spyware and viruses are common things that accumulate and cause slowdowns.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 9:41:53 PM

zach1301 said:
Its just slow overall like even just on myspace and such.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... thats the hard drive i have.


Holy crap, an IDE drive. Those things are dinosaurs. Plus it's not even dense. You have pretty fast (3 years old) hardware. For $50, you can get a 500 GB Samsung F3. It will be 4 times faster than your current one.

How much free space do you have left on that hard drive of yours? Those things typically get really slow as soon as you use up about 50% of the drive.
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October 1, 2010 1:50:15 AM

masterasia said:
Holy crap, an IDE drive. Those things are dinosaurs. Plus it's not even dense. You have pretty fast (3 years old) hardware. For $50, you can get a 500 GB Samsung F3. It will be 4 times faster than your current one.

How much free space do you have left on that hard drive of yours? Those things typically get really slow as soon as you use up about 50% of the drive.



yeeah i made it like march of 09 just sick of it. it doesnt have much taken up at all, i dont have the game installed atm which takes up a bit. also, idk where i got the idea but i thought maybe i have bad ram. if thats possible? idk :p 
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October 1, 2010 7:22:54 AM

If it's a bad RAM, your PC probably wouldn't boot at all. Check the task manager, and see the performance tab. If it's a fully loaded RAM the Memory/PF bar will go all the way to the top. Same goes for the CPU load. Full load on both the CPU usage and Memory will slow down the overall performance of a PC.

Although I don't think it's both. I agree with masterasia, probably the IDE drive. Try using a SATA drive, if possible. Compare the real time speed between the 2 type of drives. If it's significant, you'll be able to notice.

Good luck! :) 
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October 1, 2010 12:05:42 PM

dndhatcher said:
That would have run WoW well about 4 years ago on a 1024x768 monitor. If that computer is new, the person who said it would run WoW fine doesn't know that they are talking about (or their definition of fine is different from mine).


What monitor resolution are you at? That determine how much graphics power you need.

Today for gaming you would want a 3GHz CPU and a much stronger graphics card to handle bigger monitor resolutions.

If Nvidia calls it a GT they dont expect you to game on it. If its a GTS then its a bargain gaming card. The GTXs are the strong gaming graphics cards.


Try setting the WoW graphics options for DX9 at very low and see how it plays at your monitors native resolution.

Try reducing the game resolution to much lower, but turn the graphic settings back up to medium and see how it plays.

That will tell you if your CPU or GPU should be improved first. My bet is replacing the graphics card will give you a pretty good performance boost since a GT 9500 isnt really a gaming card.



blehh idk lol ive ran it on all low settings and still shitty. im not comp savvy when it comes to the hardware, would you mind linking me some new parts/ ;o
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 1, 2010 3:17:52 PM

zach1301 said:
blehh idk lol ive ran it on all low settings and still shitty. im not comp savvy when it comes to the hardware, would you mind linking me some new parts/ ;o



Hard Drive: Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video: XFX HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Did you want a new CPU and MB too? I would just a get a whole new system if I were you.

Add CPU, MB, and Ram for anther $250-$400.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 1, 2010 3:45:52 PM


Use code "neweggtenoff" at checkout to get 10% off XFX graphics cards at newegg through 10/4.

Add:

AthlonIIx3 445 3.1GHz ($78)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 Extreme 3 motherboard ($110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB kit DDR3-1600 Gskill 1.5V RAM ($85)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 550W PSU ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer case ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 1, 2010 7:32:44 PM

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