need help getting PC to play games

Biostar group / P4m89-m7a
December 12, 2009 at 08:29:01
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.599 GHz / 2046 MB
need help getting my pc to run as close to gaming as possible any ideas what i can do to better this pc?

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.p...


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#1
December 12, 2009 at 08:36:23
Your CPU is underclocked, probably because you have SpeedStep enabled in the BIOS, plus the RAM is running out of sync. A few BIOS tweaks will make a huge difference. As for gaming, the 8600GTS is definitely showing it's age, especially if you wanna play more modern games. Are you willing to invest in a new video card?

Check this article:

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

I'll post back with some BIOS settings to try.


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#2
December 12, 2009 at 08:44:33
im mainly gonna use thic pc for star trek online the card i have should be good enough for that

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#3
December 12, 2009 at 08:50:08
Interesting. According to the Biostar website, it doesn't appear your board supports the Core 2 Duo.

http://www.biostar-usa.com/mbdetail...

http://www.biostar-usa.com/cpusuppo...

And unfortunately, the online motherboard manual doesn't have a chapter on the BIOS. Apparently Biostar recommends overclocking using their WarpSpeeder software but it's not supported by your board, so I can only take a guess on the BIOS settings. Look for the Speedstep setting (aka EIST) & disable it. Look for any Spread Spectrum settings & disable them as well. If there's a setting for the PCIe frequency, make sure it's set to 100MHz, not Auto. Post back with what options are available for the CPU frequency, RAM frequency & if there's a CPU:DRAM ratio setting.


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#4
December 12, 2009 at 09:37:01
actually heres my motherboard specs not the other one.
http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-u...

also willy try what you said about bios later cause having order online issues from bestbuy


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#5
December 12, 2009 at 09:51:50
The CPUZ link you posted lists the board as: "MB Model : P4M89-M7A"

I'll look at the other & post back.

OK, your board DOES support the Core 2 Duo & I just had a look at the BIOS chapter. Here's what you should try...I'm only going to address the settings that need to be changed to get your CPU running at the correct speed with the RAM running in sync.

Under AGP & P2P Bridge Control:

VGA Share Memory Size = disabled
Direct Frame Buffer = disabled

Under Performance Booster Zone:

DRAM Clock/Drive Control (press enter)
DRAM Clock = 266MHz

CPU CLOCK = 266MHz
Async PCIE CLOCK = 100MHz
CPU Clock Ratio = 8X
Spread Spectrum = disabled

Save your settings & exit, then run CPUZ again. I think you'll find your E6400 will be running at full speed (2.13GHz at 1066MHz FSB) with the RAM running in step at 266MHz (533MHz DDR).


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#6
December 12, 2009 at 10:31:37
cant find where the clock ratio is to change it to 8x


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#7
December 12, 2009 at 11:34:40
do you know where i can change my ratio to x8?

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#8
December 13, 2009 at 13:14:27
Go to BIOS

Under AGP & P2P Bridge Control:

VGA Share Memory Size = disabled
Direct Frame Buffer = disabled

Under Performance Booster Zone:

DRAM Clock/Drive Control (press enter)
DRAM Clock = 266MHz

CPU CLOCK = 266MHz
Async PCIE CLOCK = 100MHz
CPU Clock Ratio = 8X
Spread Spectrum = disabled

Then save the settings and exit...

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#9
December 13, 2009 at 13:43:49
under Performance Booster Zone theres no option for CPU Clock Ratio,only:

1.dram clock/drive controll
2.Cpu Clock
3.Async Pcie clock
4.Ddr Voltage
5.cpu voltage

and under Dram Clock/Drive Ctl:
Dram Clock witch is set to 266mhz
and
Dram timing on auto by speed

theres a bunch of other settings but all blue'd out not selectable.


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#10
December 13, 2009 at 13:45:32
um...when you go to BIOS, please press CTRL + F1 to see advanced options...

...also...have you tried reseting BIOS to default settings ?

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#11
December 13, 2009 at 14:04:52
i think i got it now here's the cupid update

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.p...

and again thank you all for the help and please accept my apoligy for my rudeness, i really wasn't trying to be.


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#12
December 13, 2009 at 14:07:02
i do have 1 more question tho,

how do i get my pc to boot up to windows after turning it on?
i have to press F1 everytime bios boot up before i can get to windows.


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#13
December 13, 2009 at 22:21:29
ahh....check the lower part of the screen...is there an error ?

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