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Terrible Performance

Last response: in Windows 7
January 10, 2010 1:47:22 PM

I'm not sure if the Windows 7 forum is the correct one, but i couldn't find another one that matched, so here it goes:

I have a Compaq PC (SR2150NX) that I have upgraded to 2gb of ram. I'm running Windows 7 Home Professional x64 and I find that the performance isn't very good. I want to upgrade something to boost performance but I can't think of what to upgrade.
Here are the specs of my system:
-Celeron 3.33
-2gb Dual Channel Ram (Running at 1 Channel because of the board)
- ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 (using 256 of main memory)
-120gb SATA 3gb/s HD
Here is the URL for my PC.

My Windows Experience is as follows:
Processor 4.1
RAM: 4.4
Graphics: 2.5
Gaming Graphics: 3.1
HD: 5.3

Looking at that, it looks like I need to upgrade my video card.
What can you guys suggest?

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January 10, 2010 2:37:15 PM

Depends on what kind of performance issues you're having... is it just in games? If so, then a new video card would help. If it's not just games, then a new video card alone isn't going to help a lot. Keep in mind that low-end system may need a new power supply to handle a high-end PCI Express video card... I don't believe they even have the necessary connectors for the video card. It's most likely less than 300W... and that is just not enough. You need at least a good 450W power supply to handle one high-end PCI express card. (One is all you have to worry about... no chance of SLI or Crossfire with that motherboard).
January 10, 2010 2:53:04 PM

I forgot to mention. I don't really play much in the way of games. I'm more worried about windows performance.

The card that I was looking at is a Radeon 4350 512mb DDR2. Just something inexpensive.