I recently performed a major upgrade of my PC, nearly creating a new PC out of it.
Athlon 2200+ (1.8Ghz)
512MB DDR 2100
MSI Board (Not certain of the model. It’s a small three slot board)
ATI 9700 Pro
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 2MB cache
Crappy HP mid-tower case (Which is really a mini. Thanks HP)
Win XP Home SP1
Intel 3Ghz Prescott (stock cooling with Artic Silver 5 and no OCing)
2X512MB DDR 3200 400Mhz (running in dual mode)
DFI LAN Party Pro 875B Version B
ATI 9700 Pro
Antec True Power 430 watt PS
Cooler Master Praetorian case
All drives from previous PC moved to new PC
Win XP Home SP1.
I just need to upgrade the video card and I can call this a moderately high–end PC.
Since upgrading, games that ran flawlessly on the old PC, now pause or hitch at points when new characters appear on screen for combat or when moving around on a map. The sound will stutter at times. Occasionally, I can accept this, but, this occurs way too often and kills the enjoyment of the game.
Neverwinter Nights is a perfect example. However Doom 3 runs well (LOL) on the new PC, though I never ran it on the old. I have to reduce the image quality in NWN to a level below what I had set for my old PC to REDUCE the problem, but, not eliminate it!!!!!
I will sometimes hear static when the drive is being accessed, but not always. There is also popping and clicking at times in all games. Sometimes at specific points, other times it is random. Often, when I quick save I’ll hear crackling.
My HD is in Ultra ATA mode. My ram in dual channel mode. The CPU, by design runs hot (spec at 69C) and during games it reaches 59C, and no higher. Case temp is 38C on average. Nothing is over clocked. I close all non-essential processes with a utility called EndItAll, including Norton Anti-Virus, before gaming. The only card in a PCI slot is my Audigy. There are no conflicts reported by Windows.
ALL drivers, including MB, are up to date and I have tried earlier drivers just to see if that fixes the problem. I tried DirectX 9.0b and 9.0c.
It amazes me that my new PC will not perform as well, let alone not better, than my slower PC. This only occurs in games, otherwise, the PC is a sweet performer.
I have been trying to solve this problem for a month and now I turn to EE. I believe this is a hardware problem. Can anyone here offer some solid advice?