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Hello! Been a long time since I posted. You all helped me figure out my first Home Theater PC, overclocked. I know it's time to update it, but I'm waiting on a little bit more $$. Can't quite do it right now.

Anyway. My computer is straining lately with the simplest things. First, if I run the desktop for too long, it just starts lagging, and lagging. This usually happens when I'm on a website that is media-rich. Like www.break.com or www.theonion.com. Second, it gets louder, and louder. Like the fans are having to go overtime even though the temp of my processor is only around 50C.

What is it that makes a computer lose performance? What should I replace? All the components seem to be in fine shape. It just is acting all wheezy and old. What gives? Do I need a new fan?
    
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Whens the last time you did a fresh install, and a good old fashion dust cleaning =) Might be just as simple as windows rot, or dust rot! Also, to be captain obvious, that old Athlon, is well, just getting old =)
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Originally Posted by Fletcherea;13204194 
Whens the last time you did a fresh install, and a good old fashion dust cleaning =) Might be just as simple as windows rot, or dust rot! Also, to be captain obvious, that old Athlon, is well, just getting old =)

^^This. 1 2 3, format, reinstall, can(s) of compressed air. rolleyes.gif
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1. It's possible that you have a virus/spyware/worm/etc. issue
2. Windows rot

When is the last time you dusted the inside?
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post #5 of 12
First thing I notice is that you are running 2GBs with vista, that's your bottleneck. Go ahead and pull up the performance tab and look at how much ram is being used when you try to load up those sites. I would cut back on the OC as that wont really help with vista, if at all as much as more ram will. Looked at your PSU and it's a little on the low end, OCing defiantly isn't doing it any favors. Also when was the last time you formatted?
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gogo reformat time! makes everything super fast smile.gif for a while frown.gif lol! then rinse and repeat <3
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post #7 of 12
A reformat is the quick way. However do a defrag on the hdd. download the anti-virus and spyware programs and run them for viruses.

Set all your windows performance options to performance and not quality.

Your system is a bit outdated. The website you listed above are pretty flash intensive. Make sure your flash and java is updated.
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post #8 of 12
It may be outdated, but with a computer that is slower in the CPU department, it is NOT the hardware that is slow.
post #9 of 12
defreag your HDD, that is what boosted my tablets windows XP speeds, however a few hours later and the HDD died because half of the sectors were dead frown.gif
post #10 of 12
Your motherboard might be dieing.
Take a look and see if the VRM mosfets are Nikos branded.If yes it s ok ,you just need to replace/RMA the mobo.
   
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