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Upgraded an older system, stuttering

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May 12, 2012 1:51:55 AM

Hi there.

I recently upgraded an old HP Pavillion that came with a 540GB hard drive (replaced), Q6600 Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz, and some Nvidia card I got rid of ages ago. 4GB of DDR2 ram as well.

Anyway, I've upgraded this 5 year old PC with a Corsair CX600 v2 PSU and a EVGA 550Ti, and I seem to still have stuttering in my games despite being able to play many games on maximum or near maximum. This stuttering issue happened before I upgraded my computer, and ended in my hard drive failing on me. That was a 3.5" drive. Now, I'm forced to use a 2.5" laptop hard drive that spins at 5500 RPMs I believe. It's a Toshiba.

Anyway, this computer is pretty bad, except the new parts. I hate the processor; I think it's a bottleneck at this point, but I can't buy a better 775 slot; that'd be a waste. I'm planning on upgrading the MoBo and Processor at some point in the future, but I'm unsure of if the stuttering is coming from another now-dying hard drive, or if it's caused by the gap in the level of performance from the components.

It feels like running a Ferrari engine in a Honda Civic frame.

Anyway, I'm terrible at understanding DiskCheckup, but here's the results of the SMART scan.

Do I have a faulting drive?
  1. *** DiskCheckup V3.1 Build: 1002 Report ***
  2.  
  3. SysInfo DLL Version: SysInfo v1.0 Build: 1025
  4. Time of export: 21:50:01 11-May-2012
  5.  
  6. Device information:
  7. Device ID: 0
  8. Interface: RAID
  9. Device Capacity: 305242 MB
  10. Serial Number: 50D3C6U4T
  11. Model Number: TOSHIBA MK3265GSX
  12. Firmware Revision: GJ003M
  13. Partitions:
  14. C: 221754 MB
  15.  
  16. ATA information:
  17.  
  18. Disk geometry:
  19. Cylinders: 38913
  20. Tracks/Cylinder: 255
  21. Sectors/Track: 63
  22. Bytes/Sector: 512
  23. Total disk sectors: 625142448
  24. Logical sector size: 512
  25. Physical sector size: 512
  26. Media rotation rate: 5400 RPM
  27. Buffer size: 8192 KB
  28. ECC size: 0 Bytes
  29.  
  30. Standards compliance:
  31. ATA8-ACS Supported: Yes
  32. ATA/ATAPI-7 Supported: Yes
  33. ATA/ATAPI-6 Supported: Yes
  34. ATA/ATAPI-5 Supported: Yes
  35. ATA/ATAPI-4 Supported: Yes
  36. Serial/Parallel: Serial
  37. SATA 3.0 Compilance: No
  38. SATA 2.6 Compilance: Yes
  39. SATA 2.5 Compilance: Yes
  40. SATA II: Ext Compilance: Yes
  41. SATA 1.0a Compilance: Yes
  42. ATA8-AST Compilance: Yes
  43. World Wide ID: 5000039283403C26
  44.  
  45. Feature support:
  46. SMART supported: Yes
  47. SMART enabled: Yes
  48. SMART self-test supported: Yes
  49. SMART error log supported: Yes
  50. LBA supported: Yes
  51. IORDY supported: Yes
  52. CFast supported: No
  53. DMA supported: Yes
  54. Maximum Multiword DMA mode supported: 2
  55. Multiword DMA selected: None
  56. Maximum UltraDMA mode supported: 5
  57. UltraDMA selected: 5
  58. Maximum PIO mode supported: 4
  59. SATA Compliance: Yes
  60. NCQ priority information supported: No
  61. Unload while NCQ commands are outstanding supported: Yes
  62. Phy Event Counters supported: Yes
  63. Receipt of power management requests supported: Yes
  64. NCQ feature set supported: Yes
  65. SATA Gen2 Signaling Speed (3.0Gb/s) supported: Yes
  66. SATA Gen1 Signaling Speed (1.5Gb/s) supported: Yes
  67. Software Settings Preservation: Supported, Enabled
  68. In-order data delivery: Not supported
  69. Initiating power management: Supported, Disabled
  70. DMA Setup auto-activation: Supported, Enabled
  71. Non-zero buffer offsets: Not supported
  72. Trusted Computing supported: No
  73. Host Protected Area (HPA) supported: Yes
  74. Read look-ahead supported: Yes
  75. Read look-ahead enabled: Yes
  76. Write cache supported: Yes
  77. Write cache enabled: Yes
  78. Power management supported: Yes
  79. Security mode supported: Yes
  80. Security mode enabled: No
  81. Device Configuration Overlay (DCO) supported: Yes
  82. 48bit Addressing supported: Yes
  83. Auto Acoustic Managment (AAM) supported: No
  84. Power-up in Standby (PUIS) supported: No
  85. Advanced Power Management (APM) supported: Yes
  86. Advanced Power Management (APM) enabled: Yes
  87. Current APM level: Minimum power consumption without Standby
  88. CompactFlash Association (CFA) supported: No
  89. General Purpose Logging (GPL) supported: Yes
  90. Streaming supported: No
  91. Media card pass through supported: No
  92. Extended power conditions supported: No
  93. Extended status reporting supported: No
  94. Write-read-verify supported: No
  95. Free-fall control supported: No
  96. TRIM command supported: No
  97. SCT command transport supported: Yes
  98. NV Cache enabled: No
  99. NV Cache Power Management supported: No
  100.  
  101. SMART ATTRIBUTES:
  102. ID Description Status Value Worst Threshold Raw Value TEC
  103. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  104. 1 Raw Read Error Rate OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  105. 2 Throughput Performance OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  106. 3 Spin Up Time OK 100 100 1 1160 N.A.
  107. 4 Start/Stop Count OK 100 100 0 2042 N.A.
  108. 5 Reallocated Sector Count OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  109. 7 Seek Error Rate OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  110. 8 Seek Time Performance OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  111. 9 Power On Time OK 83 83 0 6920 N.A.
  112. 10 Spin Retry Count OK 140 100 30 0 N.A.
  113. 12 Power Cycle Count OK 100 100 0 2026 N.A.
  114. 191 G-sense Error Rate OK 100 100 0 161 N.A.
  115. 192 Power off Retract Count OK 100 100 0 45 N.A.
  116. 193 Load Cycle Count OK 93 93 0 79278 N.A.
  117. 194 Temperature OK 100 100 0 34 C N.A.
  118. 196 Reallocation Event Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  119. 197 Current Pending Sector Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  120. 198 Uncorrectable Sector Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  121. 199 UltraDMA CRC Error Count OK 200 200 0 0 N.A.
  122. 220 Disk shift OK 100 100 0 68 N.A.
  123. 222 Loaded hours OK 88 88 0 5180 N.A.
  124. 223 Load/Unload retry count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  125. 224 Load friction OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  126. 226 Load-in Time OK 100 100 0 342 N.A.
  127. 240 Head flying hours OK 100 100 1 0 N.A.
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May 12, 2012 4:00:04 AM

When you say 'stuttering', are you referring to low frame rates while gaming? Is the system clean of resource wasting crap and registry errors? First run CCleaner (Clean and Registry both); http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

What resolution are you playing at?
The Q6600 isn't any less capable than the GTX 550ti. They are mid-range, but pretty evenly matched. If you are gaming at high resolution (1900x900+) with all settings on high, then low frame rates would be expected with that combination.

In gaming, frame rate is mainly about the graphics card.

Yes, the slower HDD will cause slow-downs while loading. But shouldn't make any difference during game play.
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