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PC has become problematic, I need help

#1DarkSymbiotePosted 2/10/2014 5:16:04 AM
So let me just start off by saying I do not know as much as you folks when it comes to hardware. Recently, my PC has been acting up. First of all my hardware:

Intel Pentium D 820, 2 GB DDR3 Corsair RAM, Foxconn G41MD Motherboard, video card is a chipset (G41), DVD drive and a 500 GB HDD with about 80 GB free. I realise that the processor is outdated but I have had no reason to update as I don't play many newer games for PC.

What has been happening recently is...

- Videos I play on the PC stutter severely when there are heavy action or scenes with heavy effects like the first person camera in Aliens.

- Youtube videos stutter.

- Browsing has been slower as things take a longer time to do. Heck, as I am typing this the words appear a second later.

I reconnected my RAM and I replayed a movie to check and I thought the issue was fixed but it's happening again. My friends say it's a video card problem or a motherboard problem or RAM problem and I should use WIndows 8 (from XP) from now on. I am really tight on money and it's going to hard to buy new computer parts. Help would be highly appreciated.
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#2TimePharaohPosted 2/10/2014 5:17:07 AM
DarkSymbiote posted...
So let me just start off by saying I do not know as much as you folks when it comes to hardware.


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#3TropicMoon10Posted 2/10/2014 5:24:35 AM(edited)
I'm going to go ahead and say it's your low RAM and out of date graphics. My 10 year old desktop can't even play youtube at 480p without stuttering. Technology's always advancing and even simple things like flash player become hard to run when hardware gets old enough.

So you need an upgrade. Also, I doubt Windows 8 will change much. If anything it'll make things worse because it's much more hardware intensive.
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#4DarkSymbiote(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 5:25:59 AM
TropicMoon10 posted...
I'm going to go ahead and say it's your low RAM and out of date graphics. My 10 year old desktop can't even play youtube at 480p without stuttering. Technology's always advancing and even simple things like flash player become hard to run when hardware gets old enough.

So you need an upgrade. Also, I doubt Windows 8 will change much. If anything it'll make things worse because it's much more hardware intensive.


More RAM and a video card? Or the processor too?
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#5_Zero1_Posted 2/10/2014 5:37:02 AM
If you do more RAM and vidya card, may as well get a new processor and mobo to go with it. The older mobo and processor will bottleneck the new RAM and video card
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#6TropicMoon10Posted 2/10/2014 5:37:04 AM
I can't say for sure because of how old your specs are in general. But I would definitely make RAM the first priority. Try another 2gb stick (no more than that because XP only supports 4gb max) and see if there's any improvement. If not then you can at least save the RAM for a new PC if you decide on upgrading.
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#7LordSeiferPosted 2/10/2014 5:38:15 AM
if you are having problems typing on gamefaqs thats likely just a software issue, either stuff has gotten all bloated and messed up, or just you have too many things open at the same time.

your lack of ram/video card may also be causing issues, but its not entirely unreasonable to guess that a reformat could help some of your problems if this is an option.
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#8DarkSymbiote(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 6:31:59 AM
TropicMoon10 posted...
I can't say for sure because of how old your specs are in general. But I would definitely make RAM the first priority. Try another 2gb stick (no more than that because XP only supports 4gb max) and see if there's any improvement. If not then you can at least save the RAM for a new PC if you decide on upgrading.


I suppose I should focus on RAM.

LordSeifer posted...
if you are having problems typing on gamefaqs thats likely just a software issue, either stuff has gotten all bloated and messed up, or just you have too many things open at the same time.

your lack of ram/video card may also be causing issues, but its not entirely unreasonable to guess that a reformat could help some of your problems if this is an option.


I reformatted a few days ago but it didn't help. I don't even have much installed.
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