troubleshooting Question

Recently Slow PC

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I have a 3 year old generic PC - and unfortunately I cannot fing the purchase order to determine it's stats.

But I think it is a 1 or 2 GHz with 500Mb RAM.

About a month ago the Power Box fan stopped working and the PC overheated and reset itself a few times.  I believe the PC has been slower since this time.

I've checked for spyware etc and nothing seems to be unusual.  I'm using a slow dial up connection - but this has always been slow.

Anywayz - yesterday we had a power failure and the PC would not start Windows XP.  Every time it was part way through loading - the PC would reboot.

I managed to make it functional again by booting off a Win XP CD and running CHKDSK.

Now it will load XP - but quite slowly.

But viewing C drive in Explorer is really really slow - and it took forever to load Acrobat.  You may know how in the title screen of Acrobat reader - it names each file it is currently loading - well these names were slowly ticking along and it must have taken about a minute to load the whole thing.

So, how do I figure out what is wrong?

C Drive seems to have been damaged but there are no garbled file names and no 'bad disk' type errors - the CHKDSK may have fixed the boot sequence.

Do I have fried RAM, CPU or motherboard?

Is there an application I can run that will check the whole thing out and tell me what is wrong?

Please give me some ideas.
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