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    does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    i'm having a asus p5b premium vista edition. running quad core 2.4ghz. 4 gb ram. but somehow i think it unstable and slow when i check stuff around my computer. i do defrag and disk clean all of that stuff but still slow. i have 160 to spend. what should i upgrade to make it faster?

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    have you got the most recent chipset drivers?
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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    What's that PSU? Is it a Tagan ITZ or something different?

    You have 4 sticks of RAM. Are they getting the correct voltage and have you upped the NB volts a notch?

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    have you got the most recent chipset drivers?
    what do you mean by that?

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    What's that PSU? Is it a Tagan ITZ or something different?

    You have 4 sticks of RAM. Are they getting the correct voltage and have you upped the NB volts a notch?
    it's the tagan itz. how do i do that?

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    It depends on the BIOS settings. Do you have a setting for MCH voltage? Otherwise you hopefully have one that says Northbridge.

    As for the RAM, I see you have 3Gb. That sounds like you have two different types of RAM, 2 x 1Gb and 2 x 512Mb. Most boards default to 1.8v for RAM. Many sticks require more than this. You will need to look at the specs that came with the RAM to see what yours is. Hopefully both sets are the same.

    A quick way to see if this is the issue is to take out two of the sticks and see how it runds with 2Gb.

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    It depends on the BIOS settings. Do you have a setting for MCH voltage? Otherwise you hopefully have one that says Northbridge.

    As for the RAM, I see you have 3Gb. That sounds like you have two different types of RAM, 2 x 1Gb and 2 x 512Mb. Most boards default to 1.8v for RAM. Many sticks require more than this. You will need to look at the specs that came with the RAM to see what yours is. Hopefully both sets are the same.

    A quick way to see if this is the issue is to take out two of the sticks and see how it runds with 2Gb.
    actually i have four gig. all the same.

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Just noticed on your system -

    You are running a 40 in screen with a Geforce 7300GT

    That might be a problem?
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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    £160 to spend... get a GFX card!

    HIS IceQ Turbo HD3870

    The HD3870 is better for the higher resolutions and the IceQ Turbo is pre-overclocked and runs cooler than reference cards.

    If you prefer nVidia; BFG 9600GT

    Also you should probably get a 64bit OS so that you can use all of your 4Gb of memory. Vista Home Premium 64Bit is only £70.

    Think those options would be your best bet for a faster PC... your CPU and memory are fine so its only your GFX that's holding you back.

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by ExHail View Post
    £160 to spend... get a GFX card!

    HIS IceQ Turbo HD3870

    The HD3870 is better for the higher resolutions and the IceQ Turbo is pre-overclocked and runs cooler than reference cards.

    If you prefer nVidia; BFG 9600GT

    Also you should probably get a 64bit OS so that you can use all of your 4Gb of memory. Vista Home Premium 64Bit is only £70.

    Think those options would be your best bet for a faster PC... your CPU and memory are fine so its only your GFX that's holding you back.
    i have vista ultimate 64 op. and for the graphic i just upgrade to ddr3 two day ago. so there nothing much i can do huh?

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by sadonhonghun View Post
    actually i have four gig. all the same.
    Still try taking 2 sticks out and run it with 2Gb. If that solves the problem then your NB volts need upping a notch or 2 when you put them back in.

    But first make sure you're giving them the right voltage.

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    I have a P5B deluxe and it is very unstable with 4 sticks of RAM, regardless of NB voltage, think it's a chipset problem, have read similar around the web....

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Ouch. Well you could sell the 4x1Gb and get 2x2Gb then.

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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    A real monitor and a PSU that wont turn the silicon bits into liquid jelly. HDTV's are lousy at interactivity.
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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    Quote Originally Posted by format View Post
    Just noticed on your system -

    You are running a 40 in screen with a Geforce 7300GT

    That might be a problem?
    I'd have to politely and respectfully (and nicely) disagree - the actual size of the screen is irrelevant, it's the resolution that counts.
    Chances are (i'm guessing) it's running at 1366 x 768 (or similar), which for 2d work in windows or even lighter, older (2005) games a 7300GT should be fine.
    As for the RAM, i'm inclined to believe that it's because you have all 4 of your physical slots filled that can cause a problem ... in theory it really shouldnt but these things are known. Changing your operating system will not change this. It is possible however that upgrading your motherboard BIOS by flashing it with a newer version (if one exists) could help. You might be lucky, might not. As an interim, take 2 sticks out and see (ok, it might be slower with half the memory, but slower and stable is better than the alternative).
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    Re: does upgrading my motherboard make my comp better and faster?

    A 40" screen is basically going to be a TV right? What sort of refresh rate would this have?

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