PC getting slow, should I consider upgrading?

By pa1n ยท 7 replies
Dec 18, 2010
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  1. Recently i've been having some problems with my PC. I've noticed everything is slowing down (the windows startup itself, takes more time to load stuff, especially noticeable when 2+ programs opened at the sime time, which I do often) What i've noticed also and seems kind of weird is the percentage of CPU usage, which is very high most of the time, gets under 40% rarely (used to be around 10 all the time) and as I've said when things start getting slow for ex. opened media player+browser+photoshop it's up in the red showing 100% most of the time . Could this indicate a problem ? The integrated temp. sensors are showing normal temperatures and the processor itself is about 3 years old now .
    ( Intel core 2 duo E4500 , running on Gigabyte EP4PT - UD3LR )
    (8gb Ram, Geforce 8800gt)
    I've been thinking about upgrading for awhile anyway now, what do you guys think ? I was considering Intel i7 870 , what motherboard would you recommend to go with ?
    I work as a designer and my PC slowing down all the time is getting unbearable.

    Thanks a lot for any kind and helpful answers ! =)
  2. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    Personally, I would just do a clean reformat.
  3. pa1n

    pa1n TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Did it about a week ago.
  4. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    Oh snaps.

    Have you done a HijackThis scan since the reformat?
  5. pa1n

    pa1n TS Rookie Topic Starter

    doing it right away, thanks for the tip
  6. pa1n

    pa1n TS Rookie Topic Starter

    heres what i got. Not really sure what everything means.

    Attached Files:

  7. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    hm ... are you sure you performed a clean reformat and not merely a re-installation of Windows? o_o

    The HijackThis log seemed OK until I got down to the services section. Others on this forum are far more studied than I, yet the apparent disappearance of some of the services seems fishy to me: ... ALG ... Isass ... msdtc ... locator ... sppsvc ... WatAdminSvc.

    However, if you are running a 64 bit version of Windows, then HijackThis would say these files are missing even if they are not. If I had to take a bet on the cause of your PC's sluggishness, then my money would go on an over-heating issue and no malware at all.

    It's probably time for a new machine anyhow, especially since you are doing some form of design work. CS4 can be rough on a dual core let alone CS5 or any type of CAD. I must admit, design work on this new i7 950 machine has spoiled me. haha
  8. pa1n

    pa1n TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks. Yeah i'm using CS5

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