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June 12, 2012 6:36:57 AM

Hey guys, so i've had this rig for ages and i just wanted to see if there were any improvements i could make to it so it runs smoother and faster. I mainly use it to watch and stream movies and play games like League of Legends.

Motherboard - Asus P5VD2-VM
Processor - Intel Pentium 4 641
Ram - 4096mb DDR2 - SDRAM
Video Card - Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT
PSU - 500 Watt

Thanks :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 6:53:30 AM

There's quite a bit you could do

What you would benefit most from is a new processor. Luckily you've got an LGA775 motherboard which means that it will support Core2 processors. Your motherboard will support 1st generation Core2 Duo processors (but not Core2 Quad or second generation Core2 processors. If you can get your hands on a cheap Core2 Duo E6700 that will be a large improvement even if it is 5 years out of date by now
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June 12, 2012 7:04:02 AM

ok thanks, ill have a look for one on ebay tonight. also right now i have 4 gbs of ram in the motherboard but when i hit properties on my computer its only registering 2 gbs but on pc wizard it also says 4 gbs. im slightly confused by this
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 7:18:38 AM

could you post a screenshot of that?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 7:34:14 AM

That's what happens when you have a 32 bit version of Windows installed. Each virtual memory address space is limited to 4GB and this includes hardware reserved addresses. Your graphics card and other devices reserve some of the addresses and this bumps out the DRAM that would otherwise occupy those locations.
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June 12, 2012 7:39:01 AM

I have a similar old build, but with a Corsair 400w. I'm getting a 6670 this week and I hope I can play some games with the P4 with a little overclock ;p
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June 12, 2012 7:50:54 AM

so i would have to use a 64 bit version of windows to get the full use of the 4 gigs?
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June 12, 2012 7:51:32 AM

dreadllokz said:
I have a similar old build, but with a Corsair 400w. I'm getting a 6670 this week and I hope I can play some games with the P4 with a little overclock ;p

how much is the 6670?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2012 1:40:41 PM

iEddy said:
so i would have to use a 64 bit version of windows to get the full use of the 4 gigs?


32 bit versions of Windows are limited to 4GB virtual address space which means that each application can only address that much including kernel memory. The physical address space is not limited thanks to PAE (however it is limited to 4GB for marketing reasons, server versions of Windows do not have this same limitation) but the hardware will still need to reserve a small amount. In your case it seems to be a little bit over a gigbyte which is unusually high for some reason. So yes, the simple solution is to just install the 64 bit version of Windows
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June 12, 2012 2:30:19 PM

I guess Pinhedd said everything I had to say. Good luck with it!
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