My system is terribly, terribly slow when it shouldn't be. Boot up takes between 1 to 3 minutes, BIOS to desktop jingle. Opening say MSN and Firefox at the same time stutters the system. Games are unplayable due to performance lag. At first, I thought it might've been my video card killing the games. Changed that with an up to date card, as well as adding RAM for my out-of-gaming performance issues. No change. I switched out my Athlon 4400 X2 with an Athlon 6000 X2. Somehow even slower. I have, of course, defragged and checked extensively for spyware and its brethren. All clean. My drives are defragged and my bootup programs are essentially barebones. My hardware: AMD Athlon 6000 X2 ASUS M2N-MX SE mobo EGS GeForce 9600 GT 512mb 2GB 667mhz RAM (Apogee and Seagate) 80 gig Maxtor IDE Master 250 gig Maxtor SATA Slave 250 gig unknown brand IDE Slave Generic 550w Power Supply I have Windows XP Pro SP3 as my OS.