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Is Vista the problem ?

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Hi Guys/Girls

I have recently built a new computer & seem to be having some difficulty with it and any help would be greatly appreciated :whistling: . Ill start by listing my system components and then the problems i seem to be having.

OS: Vista Home Premium
MB: Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6
CPU: Intel E6600 core 2 duo/ Thermaltake Typhoon
RAM: OCZ PC2-8500 DDR2 SLI Ready 2 x 1GB
PSU: Atrix Extreme 600W
HDD: Samsung 500GB 7200rpm

For some reason unknown to me this machine does not seem to want to run efficiently. I mainly play BF 2142 and my computer lags out and starts freezing/ not badly but is still quite noticable and also slows desktop down for a minute or so after logging out of games. I have updated all drivers and activated SLI settings in Bios for my Ram to get full potential out of it.

I have run 3DMARK 06 and i got a score of 9107 marks yet of the 120 systems configured the same mine is the slowest with the fastest being very close to 13000 marks (a fair difference). breaking down the scores were as follows

Return to proxycon: 34fps
Firefly forest: 35fps
Red valley 1: 0.517fps
Red vally 2: 0.921fps
the last 2 i cant remember their names but were:
46fps and 45fps

I have done plenty of reading on the net and apparently there is not a great difference in score for xp compared to vista.

So Question time:
1. Is it possibly vista causing this issue (havnt tried to restore back to factory and run xp yet)?
2. dodgy drivers even though they are current ?
3. Maybe some Bios settings that i havnt enabled that i should have enabled ??
4. Bottleneck between CPU and GPU?? If so how do i attempt to correct that issue ??

My knowledge is limited and these are only some of the things i can think of, if anyone can think of any other issues or has some answers as to how to fix my pc i would be forever indebted to you :blink: and extremely grateful.
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You said you enabled SLI. Do you have two videocards? If so, are they connected with the appropriate SLI adapter?
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my apologies i meant i disabled it :whistling: i only have the one card.
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