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  • Attempting to determine bottleneck

    Hi there,

    This is my first post on the forums , so if I am not including any information that could be of value to whoever checks this out, just let me know

    System specs below along with passmark performance test results. I am attempting to figure out the bottleneck in my system causing my gaming experience to not be what I would like it to be (higher fps), but in general, I am very satisfied with the speed of my computer, however I would like it if you guys can interpret my test results and conclude what (if any) hardware I should add, such as a new HDD or another 9800gtx+ to go SLI

    ---Test results link for my system below----

    Test results here

    also, if anyone can give me a general sense of how good my computer is according to my score I would appreciate it . Just fyi too, my overall score from an earlier test was 1100, but the one i uploaded now scored 1000 :/
    System Summary

    PerformanceTest 7.0 1018 32-bit
    Windows 7 (32-bit)
    AMD Phenom II X2 550
    3326 MB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    149GB HDD
    System Information

    System Name: COLIN-PC
    Operating System: Windows 7 (32-bit)
    Motherboard Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Motherboard Model: GA-MA790X-UD4P
    Motherboard Version:
    BIOS Manufacturer: Award Software International, Inc.
    BIOS Version: F6
    BIOS Release Date: 08/05/2009
    Memory Information

    Total Physical Memory: 3326 MB RAM
    Available Physical Memory: 2009 MB RAM
    Slot 1: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
    Slot 2: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
    Slot 3: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
    Slot 4: Unknown, 1024MB, 800MHz
    Virtual Memory: C:\pagefile.sys (3326 MB)
    CPU Information

    Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD
    Type: AMD Phenom II X2 550
    Number of CPU's: 1
    Cores per CPU: 2
    Hyperthreading: Not capable
    Measured Speed: 3717.0 MHz
    Multiplier: 19X
    L1 Instruction Cache: 2 x 64 KB
    L1 Data Cache: 2 x 64 KB
    L2 Cache Size: 2 x 512 KB
    L3 Cache: 6 MB
    Disk Information

    Drive Letter (Number): C (Physical drive 0)
    Model Number: WDC WD1600AAJS-00M0A0
    Disk Size (Free space): 149.0 GBytes (12.3 GBytes)
    Disk Cluster Size: 4 KBytes
    File System: NTFS
    Video Adapters

    Description: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
    Chip Type: GeForce 9800 GTX+
    DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Memory: 512MB
    Video BIOS: Version
    Driver Provider: NVIDIA
    Driver Version:
    Driver Date: 6-7-2010
    Monitor 1: 1280x768x32 85Hz (Primary monitor)

  • #2
    Your motherboard supports newer faster CPUs. So a cheap upgrade would be a Phenom II x4 965, or the x6 CPUs, but going from x4 to x6 doesn't add much for gaming.

    Switching to 64bit would mean you can use all of your 4GB of physical RAM. Would might help a bit.

    Your drive is also fairly old (and small). But a bigger HD won't help the frame rate much.

    It somewhat depends upon the particaular game as to what make sense as an upgrade.


    • #3
      I think my CPU is good, phenom II x2 550 3.1GHz stock (I have it to 3.8GHz OC'd). Would a new PSU (currently 450W) + new HDD + SLI GPU help ? Maybe more memory too?


      • #4
        Would upgrading to 64 bit with my system benefit me?


        • #5
          What's best depends on the particular game and your budget.

          If game frame rates are your only concern think new CPU and new video card. I would get a faster video card and CPU before considering SLI.