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Thread: What can I do to make this a little better




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    Hi All,

    I have the following setup, and would like to know what I could do to maybe improve it for a little better gaming. Currently, I get a bit of stuttering with Trainz, and would like to see if I can stop it.
    Here is what I have:
    Asus A7S333 MOBO w/ SIS 745 DDR 333 chipset
    Athlon 2000 + XP CPU
    1 gig 333 DDR Ram
    Maxtor 60 & 40 HD's
    TDK Velo CDRW
    Creative DVD ROM
    350 Watt PSU
    Asus V8460 GeForce 4 TI 4600 128DDR mem Video Card
    Creative SB Live 5.1 sound card

    I think that's all

    Any how i think maybe there be something better I can do, or I have bottle neck somewhere that I can't find. I need to benchmark this using 3D Mark.

    Thanks for you help & Happy New Year,
    Al

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    yo,how fast is ur cd-rom?

    i dont like using the dvd roms.i like to stick with the 52 times cd-rom drives.

    also,maybe u should get a higher power supply,like 400watts
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    Hi,
    Thanks for he response.
    My DVD is listed as 16 10
    My Velo is 48 16 48

    I should mention. I have the DVD rom as the Master and the velo as a slave, I'm wondering if I should switch them.
    Also I could find a way to get the speed of the hard drives.

    Al

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    For starters most CDRW's have to be the master of their IDE channel otherwise probs can (and usually will) happen. ;)

    Secondly ya choice of mobo wasn't a good call as so far only VIA and nVidia have made decent chipsets for AMD platforms (and I do own a SiS based mobo). :(

    One thing to try though is uninstalling and removing the SB 5.1 and use the onboard sound to see if that makes a difference. : peace2:
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    Funny you should mention the on board sound. I was just going to post on that very subject. I have enabled it in the past, but could get nothing more than very low sound, almost inaudible, and it seems to have a bit of static. Like I'm not getting the cords from the blaster's cambridge speakers plugged in correctly. I have a surround sound system that consists of 5 speakers and a sub woofer. The connections are colored light green, a pinkish-orange, and black. Maybe someone could point me in the right direction to get these working properly.

    Then on the MOBO, considering the CPU I have, what is a very good recommendation for the board?

    Thanks for your help,
    Al

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    Any nForce2 mobo ya can't go wrong with atm and I use and recommend EPoX myself. ;)
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    I was just looking at the Nvidia's I like them. Theonly thing that concerns me now is, can I use my 333 ddr ram in one, as I noticed there was mention on of CL2. I don't have a clue as to what that is.
    Please excuse my ignorance on this, but what is the atm you mentioned as well as EPoX. All are new to me.

    Thanks,
    Al

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    Yes ya can use ya current memory though at least 2 sticks are required for the dual channel memory to work (3 sticks is the max). ;)
    This is the mobo from EPoX. :devil:
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    Thanks for the info. I have 2 sticks of pc333 ddr 512 mem, so I'm ok there, but lastly your thoughts on the Asus A7N8X as oppsed to the EPox you sent me.

    I really appreciate your patience with me. But I'm learning more from this site that I have from any other to date.

    Al

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    Here in Australia the Asus mobo is almost $100aus more than the EPoX one (approx $230aus for the EPoX) and for the few extras it has it ain't worth it in my books plus I have very good success with EPoX mobo's (which is probably why I use them for 99% of the systems that I build) whereas I've found Asus mobo's tend to be very quirky at times. : peace2:
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