Im new here but Im not total noob. Just getting grips with all of this.
Im just curious with my new PC which I made for the first time. I think my RAM and the Hard-drive is not working too well.
Here is the windows experience score.
So I just wanna ask is the score OK for this system, very importantly the RAM and HDD score.
If you have any tips to improve with out overclock please let me now.
In addition, I have 2 problems with this system,
1. The cpu gets little too hot. Everest Monitors at
Motherboard 40 °C (104 °F)
CPU 43 °C (109 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #1 50 °C (122 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #2 51 °C (124 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #3 50 °C (122 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #4 45 °C (113 °F)
Aux 43 °C (109 °F)
GPU Diode 44 °C (111 °F)
HDT722516DLA380 42 °C (108 °F)
Seagate ST3320620AS 42 °C (108 °F)
CPU 1987 RPM (Speedfan at 75%)
Rear 1321 RPM
GPU ? RPM (Rivertunner at 75%)
2. Hard drive clicks and sometime its on a full load even when Im doing nothing on the PC and sometime it also happens when I have just booted into Windows.
Make sure your RAM timings and voltage are set to manufacturer's specifications... sometimes letting the BIOS detect them automatically results in the RAM being slightly lower than spec. The RAM is the bottleneck in my system as well... or at least it is under Vista. (5.3 versus 5.9 for almost everything else). I can't recall exactly what my Win 7 scores are at the moment.
Unforunately, I don't think there is a lot you can do to increase your RAM's score... you might be in the same situation as me. To be honest, the scores in Windows are almost meaningless anyway... as long as you're not noticing any performance degradation... you'll be fine.
I don't mean to sound a bit daft, but do you have your RAM in dual-channel mode? I made this mistake in my first build. I had 2 DIMMs (leaving a future upgrade to 4 later) and put them next to each other instead of in the same coloured slots, which meant that they were only in single-channel. I only noticed that a couple of months later, but when I put them in dual-channel mode I didn't notice a change in performance. RAM tends not to be the bottleneck of the system, and you usually don't see much of an improvement in performance if you get faster RAM.
Also, your hard drive doesn't sound too healthy if it is clicking. I wouldn't like to trust having my data on that. However, Windows 7 (and Vista) has a tendency to defrag when it has been idling for some time, so that might explain your hard drive activity.
Finally, are your CPU temps when you are idling or at full load? If it is under load, it's easily fine. If it's at idle however, it may get a bit warm when it's under load, but I'm not sure. You will need to post the temps when it is under load if that is the case. Anyway, I wouldn't get too worried unless it strays over 70 °C.
Looks like your RAM is single-channel as lippy13 said, if so simply buy another identical stick and it'll shoot upto ~7.9 (or somewhere close).
As for the hdd, I wouldn't worry too much, the score is perfectly acceptable.
June 25, 2009 5:45:43 PM
HDD is correct, ram is a bit slow, but you are only running 2gb, 4gb would be better, make sure your two sticks are plugged in to the two blue slots on your mobo. and use the two black slots to upgrade with the same memory modules for a great upgrade.
The hard drive problem was not an actual problem because I have read somewhere that some models of barracudas do that and its normal.
As for RAM, my mate had set the timings to to 9-9-924 at 1.70v
(running at 1333mhz)
I changed the timings back to automatic and now its set at 7-7-7-20 at 1.54v
(running at 1066mhz)
The memory is 2gb one stick. so yes its a single channel. I will upgrade it soon while remembering to place it in same colored slot. Thanks for the info.
BTW even though I have lowered the ram speed, the WEI has the same score (5.5)
I have just updated the bios and I have overclocked the cpu to 2.7ghz and the temps are idleing at 42c-45c. Which are lower that when I my stock speed. The temps I had posted ealier are on idle at stock 2.5ghz. Now underload the temps are around 60c-65c (while playing crysis and gta 4 for 1-2hrs). Im really happy with the new bios.