BIOSTAR TA790GX, AMD PHENOM II X4 - working, but as good as it could? drivers?

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  1. digitaltoast

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    I'd just like to check whether I've got everything right here - it's been a long time since I built a PC!
    Here are the key elements:

    ASUS ATI RADEON HD 4350 512MB DDR2 TV-OUT/DUAL DVI/HDMI
    AMD PHENOM II X4 QUAD CORE 940 BLACK EDITION 3.0GHZ SOCKET AM2
    BIOSTAR TA790GX 128M AMD 790GX (SOCKET AM2+) PCI-EXPRESS DDR2
    BUFFALO FIRESTIX HEAT 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHZ DUAL
    SAMSUNG SPIN POINT F1 SATAII 1TB 32MB CACHE HARD DRIVE <8.9MS

    This was all specced up by someone who knows what they're doing, and here's the result of the Windows Experience Index thingy:

    ProcessorAMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 7.3
    Memory (RAM)4.00 GB 7.4
    GraphicsATI Radeon HD 4350 4.1
    Gaming graphics 1919 MB Total available graphics memory 5.3
    Primary hard disk804GB Free (834GB Total) 5.9

    I've turned on the Biostar automatic V8 tuning engine and that didn't make any difference to the processor rating or anything, but I found that by turning OFF the onboard BIOS sideport graphics thing (which I wasn't plugged into anyway), the graphics went from 3.7 to 4.1

    I was expecting something higher than that for graphics but it seems to look OK, but my main concern is that hard drive figure, and also the SLOOOW usb port.
    My 6 year old PC was quicker copying to/from an external hard drive! It's been an hour copying a 93Gb folder FROM the external HD to this new PC and it's not even halfway through :(

    Anyway, here's what I've done so far - I would be grateful if someone could look over it and see if I've missed something. I'm going to be doing a lot of video editing using h.264 source footage, and although it's not too bad now, I'd like to ensure I'm squeezing every drop from the CPU.

    For graphics card, I first tried downloading driver for EAH4350 which only had Vista, from
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-

    Then downloaded Windows 7 latest Catalyst from
    Drivers & Tools | GAME.AMD.COM

    For AMD processor
    AMD Support Search
    nothing relevant there.

    From Biostar, I got the opportunity to try "driveragent" (but turned it down as it looked a bit commercial) but instead downloaded various driver files from
    BIOSTAR

    Not that much luck - the SATA driver said "device not find".
    The 116Mb "Chipset setup" download is actually
    AMDCPUsetup from gives "This operating system is not supported by the AMD processor driver"

    So basically, most items in Hardware Manager have Microsoft drivers from about 2006.

    Here's more info:
    ________________________________
    Manufacturer BIOSTAR Group
    Mode lTA790GX 128M
    Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
    System type 32-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 4
    64-bit capable Yes
    ________________________________
    Display adapter typeATI Radeon HD 4350
    Total available graphics memory1919 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory512 MB
    Dedicated system memory0 MB
    Shared system memory1407 MB
    Display adapter driver version8.612.0.0
    Primary monitor resolution1680x1050
    DirectX versionDirectX 10
    ________________________________


    Primary Adapter
    Graphics Card Manufacturer Powered by ATI
    Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4350
    Device ID 954F
    Vendor 1002

    Graphics Bus Capability PCI Express 2.0
    Maximum Bus Setting PCI Express 2.0 x8

    BIOS Version 011.020.000.008
    BIOS Part Number 113-AB78701-104
    BIOS Date 2009/04/12

    Memory Size 1919 MB
    Memory Type HyperMemory

    Core Clock in MHz 600 MHz
    Memory Clock in MHz 400 MHz
     

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