HP Compaq LA2405wg (24" LCD,1920 x 1200, 60Hz in ((NVidia Control Panel 59Hz listed in display settings -> screen resolution -> Advanced Display settings, even after i apply 60 when i close and return it lists 59Hz..?))
12GB (3, 4GB Crucial DDR3)
Not sure about power supply, though last i remember checking it was sufficient to for all components
so I own an HP Z800 Workstation and I have a technical question that goes past my understanding of computer hardware. I trying to understand why my workstation isn't handling the way I had expected and what might be the problem (choke point). I am a designer and 3D animator. I purchased an HP Z800 workstation to help speed up my workflow.
My Workstation Hardware:
HP Z800 Workstation
Intel Xeon E5645 @ 2.40GHz 2.40GHz (2 processors)
(PNY) Nvidia Quadro 4000 Graphics card
277GB WDC WD3000HLHX "Western Digital Raptor" hard drive
12GB of Crucial RAM Inserted according to instructions
After I got my new computer I started painting with my Wacom tablet in GIMP 2 and Photoshop and I noticed a lag when making strokes quickly or increasing the brush size past a certain point. I also use this computer to play games and was unable to play Crysis 2 past Medium graphic level and the same with many other games including Arma 2. There are certain effects i was just unable to switch on in any game, and many times I had to half my resolution from the native screen res. I am aware that both the graphics card and processor are meant for different work than gaming processors and graphics cars and games are not always well optimized to efficiently use the hardware, however I still felt they should be able to easily handle these tasks. In fact I hadn't expected any lag unless under extreme rendering torture. I was very disappointed after finding my work station was hardly able to handle a 2 year old pc game or painting too quickly. I have since found ways to limit the about of burden on certain components such as deactivating aero to free up any small amount of graphics effort. Now I am not sure what the problem in my set up, though I am thinking (hoping) it is my hard drive which is easily replacible. From what I have been able to research myself that's what these problems point to including simply using the windows experience index tool which rated the processor at a (7.8), ram at (7.8), graphics (7.4), gaming graphics (7.4), and primary hard disk (5.9) . So yes i may know the answer to my problem, but I am no computer hardware expert.
In conclusion I am asking what you think the choke point/problem is with my machine and if it is the hd and I replace it do you think most, if not all areas of performance will improve (mainly concerned with 3D rendering and Digital Painting)?
Also if I was to replace it what SSD would you recommend?
I am hoping to get a wacom Cintiq 22hd Touch and I am wondering if anyone has expirience with one and what they would recommend for minimal input delay?
Outside of updating drivers is there anything I must do to get the most out of my graphics cars?
Is there anything I must do to "tune"/change preferances on anything else in my computer to get the full potential?