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Vvman

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Hi,

I know a bit about computers, but processors is not my strong point.
I was just wondering what processors my motherboard can support as
the one I have at the moment seems to be the weak link in my computers
chain.

Motherboard: Gigabyte S-series M55SLI-S4(rev.2.0)

A list would be great but any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks :)
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:) Vvman
I hope this will help you as the accepted cpu's for that motherboard are located HERE
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Thanks for the very quick response!

If I could ask one further question...

I think my processor is the weak link in my comp but if u could confirm that for me...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ AM2
Motherboard as above
Nvidia 7950GT 512MB
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Actually some more information would help me help you. By weak link what are you referring to?
Is your system slow booting up?
Are your programs slow in opening?
Are videos, games and movies not playing correctly?
How large is your hard drive and how much free space is left on it?
One issue i see right away is the amount of memory you state at 512 megs. This is minimal for XP and programs to run. We suggest 1 gig so that the system can operate correctly. Next I will include a link to see what kind and how much total memory you can install in your system.
Go to HERE and run the Crucial online scanner.
This will give you the exact memory configuration for your system.
You do not have to buy the memory from there, but write down the information and if you need assistance in purchasing the upgrade memory GTG can assist with suggestions also.

After replying with the above information I have requested we will look into other possible ways to help you.
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Sorry I wasn't clear enough with my info.

I actually have 2GB RAM, the 512MB is part of the GPU info.

By weak link i mean some lag in various video games. lol
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OK have you tried to lower the settings a little in the game to see if it works better?
Also can you do the following and let me take a look at what you have running in the background.

Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.

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Yeah ive tried lowering the settings n stuff lol.

I just wanna know if upgrading my processor will make
a big difference for my comp during gaming lol.

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Whew strap in cause there's a lot we need ot get off your autoruns. This is slowing you down for sure.
First thing is though i see you have Avast, Symantec and Windows Defender running all at the same time. This is really causing a bind on system resources. I would suggest getting rid of windows defender and if you are using symantecs Norton Av i would uninstall it also. Avast can do the job for you and it is free and smaller on the footprint. It is a lot easier on the system resources also.
Now lets move on tot he Autoruns.

Open Autoruns, click on "Logon" tab, and UN-check:


+ "Adobe ARM"
+ "Adobe Photo Downloader"
+ "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"
+ "NeroFilterCheck"
+ "NvCplDaemon"
+ "NvMediaCenter"
+ "nwiz"
+ "Start WingMan Profiler"
+ "UnlockerAssistant"
+ "vptray"
+ "WinampAgent"
+ "Adobe Gamma.lnk"
+ "L06AXLRD_7386109"
+ "MSMSGS"
+ "MsnMsgr"
+ "SetDefaultMIDI"



The next file needs to be manually disabled and is only needed if you use multi language on your keyboard. If you do then skip the step.


To turn off just ctfmon.exe go to:

Control Panel then to Regional and Language Options

Click on the Languages Tab then click the Details button

Click on the Advanced tab

Check the box that says Turn off advanced text services option

Click A and then OK



When done restart computer and then:



Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

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thanks for that.

and with my inital question, will upgrading my
processor make a big difference in games?
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You are talking a 500 to 600mhz speed difference in what you have now to go to the fastest cpu that board will take. I don't think it would help much to be honest with you but it will make some difference.
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Ok thanks for all your help, it's much appreciated :)
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You are very welcome and let me know how everything turns out for you. I'm always interested in knowing how the ending result is good or bad.
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well the things you suggested made a small difference but i guess
for more drastic improvements ill have to look at upgrading my hardware,
probably RAM and CPU.

Thanks for your time and effort :)
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You have plenty of ram memory and as i said the cpu will be only up to 500 mhz faster at best.
If you want to get better performance change motherboard cpi and memory out to newest and you should see faster speeds then.
AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4ghz Quad Core
4 gigs of memory
Asus Crosshair Formula III
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