Slacking PC

By timtalk
May 16, 2009
  1. Hi there everyone. I hope this is the correct spot for this question. I've looked and this seems to be the most appropriate place. If not please accept my apologies.
    Ok the problem I'm having is that about 3 years ago I've built this machine. What I thought to be a pretty nice machine that I believe should be pretty fast for gamming and such. The problem is that it's always seemed a bit slow. I've done several things over the time to try to speed it up including newer video card, over clocking the cpu/memory, etc. yet I continue to get a very low score when I run 3dmark06. It says it's comparing to similar machines and it shows me to be very low scored. Below I'll detail what 3dmark scores me as.. then I'll detail what system build I have, along with a log from HijackThis (since I see this requested most times questions like this are asked). I guess what I'm wondering is does anyone have any idea why my score would be so low and what I need to do to get it to go up (in turn increasing my FPS in games)? Thanks.

    3DMark Score 8791 3DMarks

    SM 2.0 Score 3857

    SM 3.0 Score 4868

    CPU Score 1675

    System Build
    OS Microsoft Windows Vista

    CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (manchester)
    Corsair Twinx2048-3200c2pt Memory
    Abit AN8 Ultra Motherboard
    Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX Video Card
    Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" X2 in stripe raid array for OS and games.
    System has been overclocked to 2453.2mhz core speed, multiplier = 10.0, buss speed = 245.3, HT LInk = 981.3, Dram freq = 245.3, CL 3.0, tRCD = 3, tRP = 3, tRAS = 8, tRC = 11, CR = 1T, DRAM idle timer = 16. (3dmarks are almost exactly the same at stock and overclocked, I do see in game FPS go up approx 20fps overclocked though).

    HijackThis LOG
    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 6:00:54 PM, on 5/16/2009
    Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18226)
    Boot mode: Normal

    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe
    D:\2 - J Drive\cpuz_145\cpuz.exe
    C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
    O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
    O2 - BHO: Discover deskshop Browser Helper Object - {8DB3D69D-DA5E-4165-B781-72A761790672} - C:\Windows\system32\BhoDshop.dll
    O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: ImageShack Toolbar - {6932D140-ABC4-4073-A44C-D4A541665E35} - C:\Program Files\ImageShackToolbar\ImageShackToolbar.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NVRaidService] C:\Windows\system32\nvraidservice.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Post Image to Blog - res://C:\Program Files\ImageShackToolbar\ImageShackToolbar.dll/5003
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Tag This Image - res://C:\Program Files\ImageShackToolbar\ImageShackToolbar.dll/5002
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Transload Image to ImageShack - res://C:\Program Files\ImageShackToolbar\ImageShackToolbar.dll/5004
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Upload All Images to ImageShack - res://C:\Program Files\ImageShackToolbar\ImageShackToolbar.dll/5000
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Upload Image to ImageShack - res://C:\Program Files\ImageShackToolbar\ImageShackToolbar.dll/5001
    O9 - Extra button: Secure Online Account Numbers - {F74E75A5-96BF-40ef-A1C8-88EAEBB82AB6} - C:\PROGRA~1\Discover\SOAN\SOAN.exe
    O16 - DPF: {6932D140-ABC4-4073-A44C-D4A541665E35} (ImageShack Toolbar)
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object)

    End of file - 3854 bytes (I had to remove a few html pieces to post this)
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    well to address this to you 3dmark requires a very fast CPU to get really nice scores and the 4200 is not one of these cpus. even OCing this thing will probably not make a very noticeable difference 3dmark loves fast cpus with as many cores as it can get. hence the low score on an older cpu. Now a 9800 gtx is not that bad of a video card you just need to pair it with a faster cpu.
  3. timtalk

    timtalk TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok but it says that it's compairing my score to compairable computers.. would that not include Processors? and if so how come my score is at the very bottom of the scale when compaired to similar computers?
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    lol there probably is only 2 computers on there with the same cpu that you have its compared to all computers not just similar ones.
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