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Old 03-22-2011, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I have a lot of computer experience. I've been on computer since the age of 8 (and now i'm 22) so I've been around. But lately I've been around a problem i've never experienced before. I just bought a computer (second handed, but the computer is one month old) and when I brought it home it was lagging and slow (windows vista 32bit was installed on it). So the thing that made more sense in my head was to format it, am I right? So that's what I did. I installed Windows 7 64 bits on it and guess what? It was still as laggy and slow. So now in my head, there's a problem that I don't understand, maybe linked to a hardware problem is what I'm thinking. I don't know a LOT about hardware in details so I thought maybe you guys could lead me on a path. I know for a fact that the problem is not the specs of my computer for sure.

Here they are :

- NZXT Tempest Evo II full size tower
- Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard w/ box, disc, and all original cables
- Intel Core i5 750 Quad CPU @ 2.8ghz (never overclocked)
- ATI Radeon 5450HD 1GB DDR3 PCI-E 16x Video card with HDMI, DVI, SVGA
- LG Blu-Ray DVD-R/RW
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2000GB) SATA 3G Hard Drive w/64MB cache
- 4GB (2x2GB) Mushkin DDR3 1333 PC-16000 RAM (memory)
- Vantec 57-in-1 memory card reader w/ 2x USB, 2x 1394 and 2x E-SATA
- Orion 850W PSU (power supply)
- Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Internal Liquid Cooler

Lead me somewhere please, I need help.
PS: Give me your opinion on this... I paid 700$ for this, did I get ripped off?

Thank you!
-Jon
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Get Memtest86+ Boot with it and let it go two passes at least. Any errors, and one of your memory sticks are bad. Might also want to run one stick at a time too, to make sure.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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laggy and slow really doesn't tell us much. When is it running slow and laggy, playing games, MS Office, surfing the web? Have you ran a virus scan? Have you checked for Malware? Have you checked your CPU core temperatures? If it's running hot the PC will slow itself down in an effort to cool itself.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Temperature is not hot at all and I JUST FORMATTED like I said so it's not malware or virus. It is lagging and is really slow everytime I open something for the first time (like opening a Game for the first time, everytime I re-start my computer). I'll run that test and see how it goes.
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what is your definition of "not hot"?
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what is your definition of hot? Not hot is when you just opened your PC from being closed over the whole night, that's room temperature actually. So I know that's not what the problem is. Can you spot anything else that could be problematic?
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Room temperature isn't everything. We need the CPU internal temperatures. Look in BIOS or get HWMonitor.
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You say it's only slow/laggy during first start up of programs/games... Maybe you have a slow hard drive, or some other program is accessing the hard drive alot thus making your system run slow.
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@Mindovermaster : Between what and what is considered a normal temperature, so I can see if I'm all good with that.

@ brinks : Even when I sign in in Windows it's slow...
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For normal temps when the cpu is idle, I'd say between "room temp" to 40'C(104'F).
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