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I built my GF a gaming PC out of spare parts a while back and I have always thought it was kinda slow. It started as a X2 5200+ with 2 GB of ram and now just became a Phenom 9850 with 4 GB of ram today.

It was still slow after the massive drop in upgrade.....


Found out the HDD is a 320GB Segate with 16MB of cache..... Scores 66Mb/s Read and 44Mb/s Write sequential in crystal disk mark.

Did I find the culprit for all the slowness? I have the drive running in AHCI and the startups are clean and windows is in good shape. PC has always been slow so its not really a windows issue I am sure.

TL/DR: is pc slow because of 66MB/s seq read 16MB cache HDD?
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Define slow.

Slow as in things load slow when launched / Slow boot times
or
Slow as in terrible FPS in games

The first kind would most likely be the hard drive, the second would most likely be something else.
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Define slow.

Slow as in things load slow when launched / Slow boot times
or
Slow as in terrible FPS in games

The first kind would most likely be the hard drive, the second would most likely be something else.
Oh hahaa yeah

Slow as in slow boot times, slow menu response, slow program launches etc.... I would say it takes about 2-3 minutes to fully boot and all it's loading on boot is steam, MSE, and Curse client. Also when you open the web browser for the first time after boot it takes about 20-30 seconds to pop up. It also takes nearly 2 min to load most games when you launch them
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