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So I am pretty beginner when it comes to computers(understatement), but I just made a new rig about a week ago (with the help of my brother who knows much more about computers than me) and it's running fairly slowly. It's not slow enough for me to get majorly aggravated, but I still want to do something about it. Not sure what exactly is making it slow, but I have a Duel Core Pentium 4 @ 3.4ghz, 3gigs of DDR2 ram. See more components in my signature.
So ya, just looking for some input.

PS: Hard to explain why I'm not asking my bro for help, but you might understand if you're a younger sibling?
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a P4 and windows 7 ultimate, its probably running slow because its just slow. sorry, but the P4 is old stuff.
    
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Pssht, just slap a solid state drive in it.
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It's slow because of that Pentium D. The Pentium 4 series was very slow compared to the competitor of AMD's CPUs.

Look into upgrading that CPU into something much more powerful.
    
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Give me an example of "slow." What program/game is slow?

Is that CPU a Pentium D? That could be our first problem. Give use some details and we'll be gald to help.
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Pentium 4 X2 doesn;t exist, Is it something like a Pentium E2xxx or something? Also the reason why it is slow because it is a pentium series.

But another thing is the if your running your OS on a 40GB drive, then that would also be why.
 
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post #7 of 22
The processor is old which will slow things down, but a MAJOR factor in application load times and Windows start up times is your file read/write speeds. Which will be drastically improved if you purchase a solid state drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-151-_-Product

<-- Mushkin fanboy. But really, all the 280/270 drives are the same. Basically same drive with same controller, different sticker. But I like Mushkin because it's green black and expensive. Good support too.
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I think it's more your drive, as W7 is fairly large and needs to load quite a bit of files when booting. Get yourself some money ($300) and get a good motherboard, and 2 Spinpoint F3 500GBs, along with a new processor. Then you're set.
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I think it's more your drive, as W7 is fairly large and needs to load quite a bit of files when booting. Get yourself some money ($300) and get a good motherboard, and 2 Spinpoint F3 500GBs, along with a new processor. Then you're set.
So basically just trash the system and make a new one?

But in response, the reason it's going to be slow is because you're using outdated tech with a relatively new OS :/ Pentium's have been over for a while now, DDR2 memory is almost gone, this was hardware people would use with XP installs. So you're going to have to live with it until you can scrape up the money to get a newer rig. These days, if you can gather anything between $500-$1000, the good people at OCN will be happy to help you put together a rig that will be much, much, much faster than what you currently have.
post #10 of 22
Sam Steiny,
Your rigs processor sucks, no offense. At this point its not the clock speed, its how fast the FSB and things like that are. ITs clock speed is pretty high (3.4? so just under 7 ghz which is pretty nice) But its just never going to load anything very fast. Also using a 40gb 5400RPM hard drive as your main os drive is NOT going to speed anything up. If anything 5400RPM drives are only used in laptops now... Like the minimum sata speed drive basically is 7200RPM.. The RAM isn't the bad part even though its DDR2 which is dying out.. But that processor and architecture is extremely old (not extremely but like 10 yearsish old) I recommend you upgrade your motherboard and processor to an Am3 Am2+socket and get at least an Athlon 2 processor (3 or more cores). Ditch the 40gb hard drive and install the os on a 7200RPM hard drive.. Just scrap together some moola from you barmitzva or however you spell it..

Your friend,
Andrew..
Ill talk to you on the bus Friday if we don't go to Brookes automation.. I can't wait.
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