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Forgive me if my descriptions are lacking....

I have been noticing the past couple days that my system seems to "stutter" every now and then. For example: when resuming Thunderbird (bringing it to the forefront. I leave it running almost always) it doesn't just ..... "bam" and it's there. It hesitates while coming up. My mouse also seems to jump around from time to time. At first, I was worried my SSD was crap (just got it). Then, the mouse started acting up, so I thought it was that. Then, this morning, I was running a Synctoy backup and I noticed the problem was happening tenfold. So, I checked taskmanager and sure enough, damn near 100% CPU usage. I also installed the CPUMeter desktop widget and it read the same.

Aside from the obvious ("overclock it more", "get a quad"), is there a way to offload some processing power to something? It is making my system feel sluggish and I feel as though it should be rather snappy..... It also doesn't seem right that these relatively minor tasks should be taking up so much CPU. Am I wrong? Are dual cores that crappy?
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well what was the process(s) with 100% usage?
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Did you check what process was using the most CPU resources on task manager? Maybe it was/is some virus or your anti-virus updating. Worth taking a look and check wich one is causing this issue.
I had a 250 too and it would only stutter when folding, for obvious reasons.

A little odd but true sometimes, RAM issues cause stuttering too.
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well what was the process(s) with 100% usage?
At the time I checked, it was Synctoy. I was just curious if there was a reason it was so high as it had never been so high before while doing a backup.

Doesn't much explain the high usage while re-opening Thunderbird, though. Unless the CPU controls that much of the onboard GPU (Aero).
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At the time I checked, it was Synctoy. I was just curious if there was a reason it was so high as it had never been so high before while doing a backup.

Doesn't much explain the high usage while re-opening Thunderbird, though. Unless the CPU controls that much of the onboard GPU (Aero).
I don't know how much you actually have running, but you have to take into consideration the amount of programss you have running.

In task manager, you shouldn't have over 50-55 processes running, also check your start up, start>run>msconfig>enter You really only need two things, your gpu driver thing and your A/V.
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Did you check what process was using the most CPU resources on task manager? Maybe it was/is some virus or your anti-virus updating. Worth taking a look and check wich one is causing this issue.
I had a 250 too and it would only stutter when folding, for obvious reasons.

A little odd but true sometimes, RAM issues cause stuttering too.
I've not overclocked a single thing yet, so my RAM is horribly off kilter (1066 with terrible timings. It's 1600 stock, so.....). Heck, I've only messed around in the BIOS to enable AHCI. I am waiting for the rest of my parts (Hawk 5770 tomorrow, 2nd F3 for RAID Thurs.).

My main concern is why, when doing nothing else, re-opening already running programs formt he taskbar seem to stutter as well. Also, the control panel takes longer than instant to open. Perhaps I expect too much from SSD's?
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I've not overclocked a single thing yet, so my RAM is horribly off kilter (1066 with terrible timings. It's 1600 stock, so.....). Heck, I've only messed around in the BIOS to enable AHCI. I am waiting for the rest of my parts (Hawk 5770 tomorrow, 2nd F3 for RAID Thurs.).

My main concern is why, when doing nothing else, re-opening already running programs formt he taskbar seem to stutter as well. Also, the control panel takes longer than instant to open. Perhaps I expect too much from SSD's?
Improperly set up ram with an athlon = terrible performance.

Set up your ram it will get better. 1600 CAS 7 on an HDD and I don't even stutter under full load.

Edit: Im also at 4ghz
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I don't know how much you actually have running, but you have to take into consideration the amount of programss you have running.

In task manager, you shouldn't have over 50-55 processes running, also check your start up, start>run>msconfig>enter You really only need two things, your gpu driver thing and your A/V.
It's a fairly new install. I think I just re-installed late last week, so I don't have much. However, it is more than 2. I think MSI live something or other, I have HTC Home (for the desktop Sense clock), and a couple others. I'll have to look when I get home later tonight. I'm sure I could trim the fat, so to speak. I suppose I didn't factor in my CPU and thought having an SSD meant I could go to town lol.
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At the time I checked, it was Synctoy. I was just curious if there was a reason it was so high as it had never been so high before while doing a backup.

Doesn't much explain the high usage while re-opening Thunderbird, though. Unless the CPU controls that much of the onboard GPU (Aero).
Backup software can sometimes be a PITA. Norton ghost 2003 used to leave my PC pratically unusable when perfomring data backups. High CPU and HDD usage.
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Improperly set up ram with an athlon = terrible performance.

Set up your ram it will get better. 1600 CAS 7 on an HDD and I don't even stutter under full load.

Edit: Im also at 4ghz
Thanks mate. I'll give 'er a whirl later on tonight. I'll say this though, coming from a Gigabyte board, this MSI BIOS is brutal.
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