I’m trying to figure out why my computer is running so slow. It was faster with a clean install but not by a huge amount. I’m about to do a clean windows install on it (xp media center edition). Fyi I think it was a bit faster when I had xp home on it, but I have also changer hardware so that may be it. Fyi, I’m broke so I need to do this with hardware that I already own (for now anyway).
Here are the specs.
ecs p4m800-m pro v2 (I know its a pos but it was free).
ati built 128 bit 9550 with gpu overclocked to 170% speed and memory overclocked to 125% speed. I have faster cards but they are pci-e and this motherboard is agp (the 9550 is my fastest agp card when its overclocked like that).
single stick 1GB corsair xms memory, task manager shows me almost always having plenty of memory free, but it also have huge pf usage (800MB-1.5GB average). All my other sticks are 512MB sticks. The corsair is running 3-3-3-8 timings and 2T according to cpuz (I was kind of surprised that it defaulted to 2T). I have 2 (not matched in fact quite different) 512MB kingston pc3200 modules (might be in another computer right now). I have 1 512MB stick of ampx pc3500. I have 2 nanya 512MB pc3200 modules (most likely matched, working pull from an oem computer). The big problem with using a pci card is, my video card cooler blocks one slot, that would take a second, leaving only 1 pci slot for anything else.
I could give the nanya sticks a chance. Maybe I could get lucky and get dual channel, 1T timings.
I could use the corsair and the ampx so that I have 1.5GB memory (it couldn’t possibly run worse timing that 3-3-3-8 2T). Fyi this board only has 2 ddr slots (and 2 ddr2 slots).
The current boot drive is an old 60GB 7200rpm maxtor diamond max plus 9 (not the fastest drive in the world). I have a 160 GB hitachi deskstar that is blank and ready to use. With a bit of work, I could free up a seagate 300GB 7200.8. I could move the contents of a full seagate 160GB 7200.7 to the hitachi and use the seagate as the boot. I could raid 0 two of the maxtor 60GB drives. I would either have to use a pci raid card (I already have a siig one), or use pata-sata converters (I already have some if I can find them) and use the via sata raid on the motherboard.
I’m not sure what else would matter hardware wise for general system speed. I have several optical’s I could use. Psu is an antec 430W true power (I have a 460 watt enermax if I need a bit more power but it can be a bit flaky about starting sometimes).
Anyone got any suggestions? I’m really limited on time (it will probably take most of the week to rebuild it as it is, so trying multiple configs and benchmarking is probably out).