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Old 10-23-2009, 08:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Performance Issues and general slowness

2 Big Reasons are Windows XP 32-bit and only 2GBs of RAM. Getting the graphics card is great, but if the computer is forced toread data from the hard drive and cannot store a majority of it into memory, then it will appear to perform slowly. Vista 64-Bit is the way to go, with Upwards of 4-8 GBs of RAM. Vista has a feature called superfetching, which basically utilizes memory in a much more efficient way. Look at it this way, when you turn on XP, you are only using about 10-15% of your memory. When you load the game, XP only loads the necessity and you may be using upwards of 30-40% of memory. Vista loads up by using 30-40% of memory and adds more and more into memory as it sees fit. memory has a much faster I/O than drives do so programs will run faster.
Also 64-Bit is the way to go since it allows more data to travel in and out of the processor at once.
Let me know what you think?
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