I'll try to be as descriptive as I can without writing an essay A while back I was gone for about 5 weeks, came back, booted my computer to find that it no longer recognized one of two ethernet ports or my sound card (Creative XFI Xtreme). My mobo has onboard 5.1 sound so it's not really a problem that I can't use my sound card, just a minor inconvenience. I also (through help) activated my 2nd ethernet port using some nvidia driver. That was the first problem. (I only listed this because I thought it might be connected to my main problem) Main problem now, one that would prevent me from getting a halfway decent selling price for this rig is: Simple programs, such as internet explorer/firefox take almost a minute to open up now. Anytime i want to install a program that is fairly large (4gig executable etc...) I'll have to come back a half hour later just for the installer to initialize so I can click "Next" all the way through. I should mention that I recently reformatted when this "main" problem first occured and I'm still having the same problems. Before reformat HDD was only 50% full. Since my first problem seemed to be mobo based, I'm wondering if my mobo is slowly dying and not letting the full potential of my RAM and CPU to process... or are my CPU or RAM bad as well? Specs listed in my profile, though I'll gladly post them here as well if it's easier. Thanks for your time guys/gals *edit* ZoneAlarm/Norton AV is my current protection. Though I really dislike norton... too much mem usage for me.