AMD Athlon XP 2600+
ECS 741GXM mobo
1.5 GB DDR RAM
Seagate Barracuda IDE HDD, 7200 RPM (40 GB)
Samsung Spinpoint IDE HDD, 7200 RPM (80 GB)
Nvidia 6800GT graphics card
Windows XP Home
I decided to upgrade to:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Asus M3N78-CM mobo
2GB OCZ DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 4-4-4-15 RAM
2 x Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATAII HDDs, 7200 RPM, 2MB cache (running side-by-side but not in RAID array)
No graphics card yet
Windows XP Home
I was expecting a major improvement in performance, but to be honest this new system doesn't seem that much quicker than my old one, and when I ran PCMark 05, I only got a score of 4900. Looking around the net I found quite a few posts on other forums from people with much lower-spec PCs than mine but higher PCMark scores.
I've tried clearing out all unnecessary files, defragging, tweaking XP as much as possible for performance (disabling all unnecessary services, disabling disk indexing, switching off unnecessary sounds & graphical features etc etc) but it doesn't seem to have made much difference.
I've also made sure that there are no malicious programs on my PC by scanning with Comodo, AVG, A squared, Rootkit Revealer and SuperAnti Spyware.
Can anybody suggest other things I could check/do? I'm wondering if maybe I could have a hardware problem, but wouldn't know how to diagnose this. I downloaded a trial copy of Hot CPU tester pro and ran this for an hour or so. It didn't turn up anything, but on the trial a lot of the tests are disabled and I wanted to ask around on here before spending money on diagnostics programs as I don't know which are best, or if I'm missing something really obvious.
I also thought that maybe my lack of graphics card could be a problem as it means the CPU has to do more work, but again this is just me guessing really.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edited by Gains, 05 October 2008 - 06:10 PM.