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post #1 of 100
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I've made what I think is a solid build, yet it still seems very slow. My full build is in the description.

  • It's slow to boot up (over 2 minutes)
  • It's slow to open applications, even after booting to desktop and long periods of normal use
  • It often hangs when trying to close certain applications, and I sometimes end up having to kill them in task manager

What gives??
Edited by Clowerweb - 3/7/13 at 11:26am
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WD 640GB (16MB Cache) SATA II @ 7200 RPM (Main) Seagate 2TB (64MB Cache) SATA III @ 5900 RPM (S... HP DVD Writer 1260T SATA 7x Aerocool Shark 140mm Red LED Fans 
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Swiftech H220 2x Noctua NF-F12 Fans for H220 Windows 8 Professional LG Flatron W2361V 23" 2ms LCD @ 1920x1080 
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Samsung SyncMaster S27A550H 27" 2ms LED LCD @ 1... A USB one that came with an older Dell PC SeaSonic M12II 750W NZXT Switch 810 
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Logitech M150 5-Button Bluetooth Wireless Generic Ergonomic w/ Gel Wrist Rest Logitech H800 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Insignia 2.1 channel desktop speakers 
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All-In-One Card Reader BOSS Executive High Back Leather Chair Arctic MX4 Thermal Compound 
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post #2 of 100
No ssd in a $2500,00 build, don't look further.
post #3 of 100
Even without a SSD my computer with a sandy Celeron and sata1 hdd boots around 30 seconds granted I have windows 8.
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post #4 of 100
How old is the 640gb boot drive, and have you checked if it's healthy?
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post #5 of 100
Isn't $2500 a bit to much for the parts you used? And like Frank33 said get a ssd.
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post #6 of 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by drnilly007 View Post

Even without a SSD my computer with a sandy Celeron and sata1 hdd boots around 30 seconds granted I have windows 8.

\he also have Win 8.
post #7 of 100
Get an SSD, regardless of how fast my other components were, it's the SSD that actually makes the PC much quicker thumb.gif
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post #8 of 100
The SSD is BY FAR the most important part of any system.

My rig boots in 8 seconds with a clean install on an SSD. With a fully loaded OS and tons of backgrounds proccesses, server side nodes, full AV etc etc I can boot in 30 seconds.

Look no further than:

120GB SSD

Intel SSD for reliability,
OCZ Vector for speed,
Samsung for a balance.

Should cost you 150$.
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post #9 of 100
Yes he should get an SSD. But in all seriousness his computer should not be booting and running that slow regardless of SSD or not. 2 min to boot is still way too long even by HDD Standards.

I read somewhere on the forums here that 1866 RAM tends to have an issue with AMD Platforms. That the optimal is 1600 or 2133. Perhaps that is the issue? I wish I could remember where I read that and link you to it. Buts its 640am and I have yet to go to bed.
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post #10 of 100
You spent that much money and didn't look at any SSD's?
My Samsung 840 Pro gives me 10~15 seconds boot on windows 7, they often go on sale for $130-140 on newegg.
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