I'm having difficulties figuring out what the best approach is for improving my gaming. Basically, I'm getting horrible FPS when attempting to Fraps and I'm trying to fix the issue by locating things that need to be upgraded.
Here's my system's specs:
Windows 7 Home Prem. / 64 Bit
AMD Phenom ll x4 810 Processor 2.60GHz
6GB of RAM
1TB Hard drive
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Let me know if there is something else you need. Not 100% computer savvy, just lookin' to make it better.
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FRAPS benefits from the following things, fast CPU, dedicated hard drive, good graphics. You have good graphics so we'll go over what will help your recording sessions
1) Defrag your hard drive before beginning your session
2) Use a dedicated HDD for recording
3) Close any programs other than those needed (antivirus, chat, gadgets, etc...)
My first upgrade would be the dedicated hard drive.
Second upgrade would be a CPU cooler - to overclock CPU
Last upgrade would be an additional 550ti in SLI (which will probably help the least)
Hope it helps
Yep, another hard drive, not a partition. Since FRAPS will constantly be writing to the hard drive, you don't want it to have to compete with other programs which are reading and/or writing to the drive also
There are a variety of good aftermarket coolers from inexpensive air coolers like the CoolerMaster Hyper 212EVO for about $30, very popular due to it's cost/value but it is large so case size is a consideration there, up to water cooling systems costing $100 and up.
What case are you working with here? If prebuilt, what model and is it slim or normal design or somewhere in between?
Also, I have an old 1TB hard drive, how would I be able to set this one up to run as a second hard drive? It has a lot of old information on it, none of it of value -- but it's currently running on vista whereas this system is on win 7.
The Noctua NH-L12 is one of the top of the line low-profile air coolers but at $70, it is expensive. So, another highly rated but less expensive option might be the COOLER MASTER GeminII S524 for $40
Just a few options I think will fit your case
Is your old hard drive SATA or IDE?
You'll want to format the HDD unless there is data on it you want to keep. In which case copy the data onto CD or flash then format the old hard drive (NTFS and not FAT32) - single partition, you should be good