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Old 09-25-2004, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Clean re-install, for best Performance?

Dont know if this is the best forum for this topic but...

I am planning on doing a new and clean install of my OS and all Programs/games to setup my PC for the best performance and could use some help. I am a bit overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. I have done clean installs before but never with overall best performance as a target.

I have been experiencing pretty bad performance while playing games...mostly the newer ones like Doom-3, The Sims 2, and FarCry. Now I know that most systems are not able to run these games maxed out (and I don't expect mine to) but given the system I have, I expect it should perform better than it is.

I would like to know if anyone has a good "check list" of performance tips for a new install....mostly regarding disabling background programs, partitioning of the HD( I currently have only one partition on my Primary HD), or any OS tweaks needed for a stable and simple system. I am really trying to set up my system as clean and simple as possible...90% for Games / Graphics-Programs and 10% for internet browsing. Also, will doing a clean install give me the option of installing SP1 with WIN-Update? Or am I forced to install SP2?

I don’t use allot of "extra" programs or clutter my PC with allot of least I try not to.
Here is a list of most programs and games I use, and my system specs:

NORTON: virus and internet security
ACAD 2004
ADOBE: Photoshop, illustrator, in-design
3DSM 5

-Intel P4 3.2Ghz HT
-800 FSB
-1GB Ultra 3200/400 Dual Channel DDR RAM
-Intel D875PBZ Motherboard
-875P chipset
-Radeon 9800 PRO 128MB
-Sound Blaster Audigy X-Gamer
-Creative-Inspire-T2900 2.1 speakers
-Sony 52x CD-Rom
-Artec 16x DVD-Rom
-PRIMARY HD 80GB Seagate SATA raid ready 7200 HD
-STORAGE HD 40GB West-Dig UATA 7200 HD
-425W PSU
-Two Ultra 80mm temp-controlled fans
-Logitech MX500 Mouse
-ViewSonic 19" G90FB Monitor
(I make sure my bios and all drivers are always updated and current)

RCA-DCM315 Cable Modem
LINKSYS BEFSR41 Ver-3 four port router
ISP: Comcrap (Average 3.0 DOWN and 230 UP)
Win-XP Home Edition SP1
Direct X 9.0c

What bothers me most is the "graphic-lag" I experience in's a kind of unintentional blur or like the ghosting effect seen on LCD's. I usually have great FPS with all games but the problem is still there even with medium and low graphics settings. I don’t have the $ to purchase a new Vid-Card so I need to have my system setup for the best performance possible. (but my card isn’t that it?)

Also any opinions on my system hardware/setup and what I can expect from it would be appreciated...I don’t do any over-clocking so that isn’t a concern of mine.

Thanks for any help or information!!
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