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Old 11-14-2008, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Upgrade not what I had hoped for... am I missing something?

I just built my 3rd computer today and was expecting a huge difference in speed and I am not really happy with the results...

I went from:

Athlon 64 3800+ to a Phenom x4 9550
Asus A8v Deluxe 939 pin Mobo to Asus M3N78 Pro AM2+ Mobo
1 gig ram to 4 gig PC6400 800 ram
ATI 800 pro 128mb AGP8 video card to ATI HD 4650 1gb ddr2 PCI-2.0 video card

I've flashed the bios, updated the video drivers, and updated windows and I'm just not getting a speed increase over my old setup. In some cases (like getting online) it's actually slower.

I thought I was getting pretty knowledgable by my 3rd build but this has me totally stumped...

am I missing something?
do I have a bottleneck I'm not seeing?
could this be a power issue? I'm only running a 420w ATX power supply.

Help!
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: Upgrade not what I had hoped for... am I missing something?

Did you reformat Windows?
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:21 AM   #3
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Did you reformat Windows?
No... I re-used my old HDD and just re-installed windows on it without formatting it first. I asked the question on another site and someone else mentioned formatting also. It looks like I'll be formatting tonight.
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Yeah, that's something you need to do. Windows installations are hardware specific, mainly being motherboards.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:34 PM   #5
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Big difference after formatting.

This is the first time I've re-used a HDD and didn't think it would make a difference but after starting from scratch everything is a ton quicker today.

Thanks for the advice.
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