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Help Finding Bottleneck???

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December 10, 2010 3:29:57 AM

Hi, I've just gotten around to building my computer and it runs like CRAP. Here are my components:

CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
RAM: 6gb (2gbx3) DDR2 800
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
MOBO specs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD: nothing special just has about 300 gigs of space and i use E-SATA

In my opinion, this is pretty solid hardware, but for instance, GTA 4 runs around 30-40 fps at the lowest settings, and I can't play most other games at very high settings, when I should be able to easily.

Obviously there is a bottleneck in my computer, but I have no idea what it is. If you guys have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

My current thoughts are that its the cpu (Maybe two cores just doesn't cut it nowadays?) It's either that or the hard drive because I got it from a stock computer but I'm not sure that really affects my performance on games (perhaps in other areas, but I don't think games.)

Also you should know that I tested this system out after a full format of the hard drive. All I did was install drivers and a couple of games.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2010 9:06:10 PM

In addition to what Proximon suggests, try using MSI Afterburner to determine if your GPU is running at 100% load. That could also bottleneck your system, or at least rule out your GPU as the problem.
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December 10, 2010 10:00:29 PM

Proximon said:
At what resolution?

What is the max temp of both cores after gaming (using Real Temp)?
http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/

Run Prime95 in the background and use CPU-Z to verify that your CPU is indeed running at 3.16Ghz.
http://www.playtool.com/pages/prime95/prime95.html
http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php


I like to play games at 1920x1080 res, and I also did what you said and it turns out that my cores are about 100C and my cpu was running around 2000 MHz before and during the stress testing. I think you might have a point.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2010 10:26:09 PM

It's thorttling itself down to prevent itself from igniting. Reseat your HSF.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2010 11:23:11 PM

Yep there ya go. Your target max temp should be about 60C.
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December 11, 2010 12:30:56 AM

Cool thnks everyone, I'll probably get a new cpu fan I have an old stock right now, but I have one more question. Since my temps been so high recently, do u think my cpu is permanently damaged or am I fine for the most part.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 11, 2010 1:18:42 AM

There is no easy way to say, but if you didn't see any crashes you are probably OK.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 11, 2010 1:20:47 AM

You can get the Cooler Master 212 for only $25 on Amazon. Sign up for the Prime free trial and you can get it in 2-days for free (don't forget to cancel at the end of the month). I use Prime and it's awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
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December 18, 2010 2:38:30 AM

Best answer selected by anvosbacon.
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December 18, 2010 7:06:27 AM

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