What needs upgrading

By Nick_M
Jul 21, 2005
  1. Ok My specs are as follows:

    P4 2.4 (HT enabled)
    1gb of DDR(PC3200)
    ATI 128mb Radeon 9800 pro
    Abit A17 mobo
    Seagete Barracuda 80GB SATA
    Windows Xp pro

    This system has been unchanged for around 1 and a half years now and its starting to chugg a bit when playing the latest games.

    Can anyone tell what really needs upgrading, I was told by someone that the CPU is bottlenecking the performance, so I'm tempted to buy a 3.2Ghz Prescott.

    Will that give me a noticable perfromance change? and is it worth doing?

    Thx in advance.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    It will definately help, but before u do that, have u defragged your system recently? Also cheching for viruses, trojans, spyware, and adware will help to improve system performance.
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,569

    You shouldn't be chugging too bad with that system. Our specs are similar (but I have gone the Athlon path, and you have chosen the dark side of the force).

    When I get all chuggy, I reinstall windows (once a year). And make sure I have all the latest drivers. Kills 99% of all chugging problems. Except of course..... the Guiness chugging... there is still a problem there. :rolleyes:

    What games are you having troubles with, and what settings are you trying? If you are trying Doom3 at full settings... yes you will chug and chug heavy. I run at mid-high-ish settings (closer to the mid side) and get decent frame rates.
  4. Nick_M

    Nick_M TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    GTA: San Andreas is the most recent example, and really any game that has a lot going on the screen at the same time.

    So when the action gets hot in games such as GTA:SA it starts stuttering and lagging.
  5. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Ive just done a reinstall so i highly recommend it too. Wonder if guiness will work in my cooling kit? hehe.
  6. Nick_M

    Nick_M TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    By reinstalling windows do you mean formating the C drive or is there another way.
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