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#1 Wee


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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:20 AM

My current rig from last year is: AMD 5600, 2 gigs ddr2 800, windows xp pro, 9600 gt, 500W PS. My question is with a processor upgrade. Would the 7850 black perform any better than my 5600. I burn a few movies, some WOW, BF1&2, and internet frequently. Would the level 3 cache be any benefit ? I probably would OC it alittle but not much.......and its only 60 bucks.....What do you guys think ???

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 11:36 AM

What are you trying to improve?

What would be the intended focus of your prospective change?


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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:45 PM

Just trying to improve all around load/boot times and burning times....Someone told me once that that processor is a bottleneck with the 9600 GT, but it has worked flawslessly since being built late last year......Maybe I will just leave her be and use that 60 bucks for a good game ??!!

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:22 PM

Go for the free improvements !

Stop everything from starting with Windows that doesn't need to be running all the time.
The stuff will still work when you need it.
There is a small utility called StartupCPL .
When installed it puts an icon in the Control Panel named Startup
When opened you can stop programs/apps from starting automatically by removing the checkmarks from the little boxes.

StartupCPL here,


You can also gain performance by making a few other adjustments.

Go to the Control Panel
Double click the System icon
Click on the Advanced tab
Where it says Performance click on Settings
Put a dot in the circle by Adjust for best performance.
Click Apply
Click OK
That made the borders & toolbar turn gray :huh:
Right click anywhere on the desktop there isn't a icon
On the menu click Properties
When the box opens click the Appearance tab
Where it says Windows and buttons use the drop down menu to set it to XP style
Click Apply
Click OK

Go back to the Control Panel
Double click Administrative Tools
Double click Services
Disable some junk that isn't neccessary
Double click Error reporting service
Where it says Startup type set it to Disabled
Click Stop
Click Apply
Click OK
Do the same for,
Task Scheduler [unless you use it
Do "Help & Support but set it to Manual instead of disabled.

If you have Office installed you probably have "ctfmon.exe" running
It is listed in StartupCPL but if you stop it it will start againg.
It is used for "Alternative user input" in Office.
Unless you use something like speech recognition software for office you can get rid of ctfmon.exe.
It is a real resources hog !

Copy & paste to Start?Run ,

Regsvr32.exe /u msctf.dll

Click OK

Next Copy & paste to Start>Run

Regsvr32.exe /u msimtf.dll

Click OK

Restart the unit & it should be a tad peppier ! :huh:

The lighter the load on the CPU/memory the faster the unit is. :thumbsup:
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