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#1 welshpilot


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Posted 08 March 2009 - 06:01 AM

I hope i am posting in the correct section , if i am not please let me know and advise of were it should go

My pc has two hard drives and when i built it a few years ago i messed up the instalation of the operating system i also belive i got the drives the wrong way around i.e i should have the larger faster drive as C/ but i ended up with ist as F/ and windows XP on it . i intend to do a reinstall of XP in the next week so now is a good time to sort it out properly

what i would like your help with is as i use it for flight simulation training ( i am a pilot ) i would like the fastest configaration possible with what i have , i would also like any advice on overclocking the PC if that is possible .
I have included below the details of my PC for your information
thanking you in advance


Mainboard : Asus P4S8X-X
Chipset : SiS 648
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 @ 3066 MHz
Physical Memory : 2048 MB
Video Card : Radeon X1650 Series
Hard Disk : ST3160023A (160 GB)
Hard Disk : ST3320620A (320 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : SONY DVD-ROM DDU1621
DVD-Rom Drive : _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG
DVD-Rom Drive : DX0105W EUR314J SCSI CdRom Device
DVD-Rom Drive : MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0000
Monitor Type : Maxdata Computer Bel2225S1W - 22 inches
Network Card : Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) SiS900 10/100 Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
DirectX : Version 9.0c (October 2007)

Manufacturer : System Manufacturer
Mainboard : Asus P4S8X-X
Bios : Award Software, Inc.
Chipset : SiS 648
Physical Memory : 2048 MB DDR-SDRAM

DIMM 1 (RAS 0, RAS 1) : 1024 (Double Bank)
DIMM 2 (RAS 2, RAS 3) : 512 (Double Bank)
DIMM 3 (RAS 4, RAS 5) : 512 (Single Bank)
LPC bus : Yes
PCI Bus : Yes
AGP Bus : Yes
USB Bus : Yes
SMBus/i2c Bus : Yes
Bus HyperTransport : No
Bus CardBus : No
Bus FireWire : No

Processor : Intel Pentium 4
Frequency : 3066 MHz - (current : 3066.83 MHz)
Support : Socket 478 mPGA
Data Cache L1 : 8 KB
Trace Cache L1 : 12 Kµops
Cache L2 : 512 KB
FPU Coprocessor : Present
Processor activity : : 7%

Number of Disk Controller : 1
Number of Hard Disk : 2
Number of CD-ROM Drive : 2
Drives Letters : A:\ C:\ D:\ E:\ F:\ G:\ H:\
Floppy Disk : 3˝" HD (1.44 Mo)
Drive C: (Hard Disk) : 99 GB available on 160 GB
Drive D: (DVD-Rom) : 0 KB available on 0 KB
Drive E: (DVD-Rom) : 0 KB available on 0 KB
Drive F: (Hard Disk) : 113 GB available on 320 GB
Drive G: (DVD-Rom) : 0 KB available on 0 KB
Drive H: (DVD-Rom) : 0 KB available on 0 KB

Number of monitor : 1
Monitor Type : Maxdata Computer Bel2225S1W
Video Card : Radeon X1650 Series
Manufacturer : ATI Technologies Inc (PC Partner Ltd)
Model : Radeon X1650 Series
Bus Type : AGP
Total Memory : 512 MB
Texture Memory : 750 MB
Processor : ATI Radeon Graphics Processor AGP (0x71C6)
Converter : Internal DAC(400MHz)
Refresh Rate (min/max) : 56/75 Hz
Current Display : 1680x1050 pixels at 60 Hz in True Colors (32-bit)
OpenGL : Yes
GDI Plus : Yes

Device Audio : EMU10K1 Audio Chipset (SB Live!)
Audio Playback : SB Live! Audio [8400]
Audio Playback : Microsoft Sound Mapper
Audio Recording : SB Live! Audio [8400]
MIDI Output : SB Live! Synth A [8400]
MIDI Output : SB Live! Sw Synth [8400]
MIDI Output : SB Live! Synth B [8400]
MIDI Output : SB Live! MIDI Port [8400]
MIDI Output : Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth
MIDI Output : Microsoft MIDI Mapper
MIDI Input : SB Live! MIDI Port [8400]
Mixer Device : SB Live! Audio [8400]
Device multimedia : AVIVideo
Device multimedia : CDAudio
Device multimedia : Sequencer
Device multimedia : WaveAudio
Device multimedia : MPEGVideo
Device multimedia : QTWVideo
Audio Compression : Microsoft IMA ADPCM CODEC
Audio Compression : Microsoft ADPCM CODEC
Audio Compression : Microsoft CCITT G.711 A-Law and u-Law CODEC
Audio Compression : Microsoft GSM 6.10 Audio CODEC
Audio Compression : DSP Group TrueSpeech™ Software CODEC
Audio Compression : Microsoft G.723.1 CODEC
Audio Compression : Windows Media Audio
Audio Compression : Sipro Lab Telecom ACELP.net audio codec
Audio Compression : Indeo® audio software
Audio Compression : Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec (advanced)
Audio Compression : Lernout & Hauspie CODECs
Audio Compression : Microsoft PCM Converter
Video Compression : Cinepak Codec by Radius
Video Compression : Intel 4:2:0 Video V2.50
Video Compression : Intel Indeo® Video R3.2
Video Compression : Intel Indeo® Video R3.2
Video Compression : Intel Indeo® Video 4.5
Video Compression : Intel IYUV codec
Video Compression : Microsoft RLE
Video Compression : Microsoft Video 1
Video Compression : Microsoft YUV
Video Compression : Microsoft YUV
Video Compression : Toshiba YUV Codec
Video Compression : Microsoft YUV
Video Compression : Microsoft H.263 Video Codec
Video Compression : Microsoft H.261 Video Codec
Video Compression : Indeo® video 5.10
Video Compression : Fraps Video Decompressor
Video Compression : XviD MPEG-4 Codec
Video Compression : DivX 6.8.5 Codec (2 Logical CPUs)
Video Compression : DivX 6.8.5 YV12 Decoder

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#2 dpunisher


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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:55 AM

As far as overclocking, I wouldn't hold out hope for any big increase. You have 3 sticks of RAM of unmatched/different sizes, an SiS chipset, and a P4 that is already over 3ghz and likely already running warm. You can bump your FSB up a little bit at a time and see what happens.

When you do your fresh install, disconnect extra hard drives and any USB storage as well. I forgot that once and ended up with a "G" as my main hard drive.

Flight sims are demanding. I am hesitant to reccomend upgrades to a vintage system as there really is no upgrade path. No parts you could purchase for it could be used in a modern system.

I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)

3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)

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