PC is slow and sluggish despite specs
Posted on 2010-08-14
OK first off, I'm no pc novice at all, but this has got me stumped.
I previously was running my pc with 32bit win 7 pro - no issues. I did something really stupid, in that I downloaded a file from the net, didn't virus scan it at all and of course, it was ripe with 3 major viruses.
Long story short, rebuild of OS was required. So rather than fix everything I chose to wipe completely and start fresh with 64bit system. Easy enough since I keep data and OS on separate drives etc....
Also, I can confirm no virus infection of data drives - so virus is not the issue here.
So here's the spec of the newly rebuilt system
CPU - Intel i7 965 3.x Ghz processor
Ram - 6GB DDR3 Corsair (high end version with the heat sinks and bells and whistles)
ram tests good on a 48 hour memtest run
Video - Nvidia geforce 260 PCI-e with up to date driver 258.xx
OS - Win 7 Pro 64Bit
HD 1 - OS drive c:\ (Ridata solid state drive - 64GB)
HD 2 - Data/Apps - 1TB WesternDigital Caviar Black
HD 2 - Data - 1TB WesternDigital Caviar Black
NIC 1&2 - Marvell Yukon PCI-e gigabit nics (88E056)
Broadband speeds testing at 34.6 mbit down and 6.9mbits up to local servers
18.12 down and 6 up across the country
currently the machine has no firewall (other than windows), no AV, no malware etc.. other than windows OS default stuff. It's fresh out of the box.
Only apps that have been installed since OS are
MS Office 2010 (outlook, word, excel only with the optional stuff kept to a minimum)
Download Accelerator Premium 126.96.36.199
Xobni add in for email
right after OS was installed I ran a chkdsk and then defrag (using auslogics) - no significant fragmentation, but I defraged anyway.
Windows experience index shows 5.9 (lowest score was the hard drives, all other tests gave scores in 7 to 7.6 range
But the machine is experiencing slowness and sluggish behavior for even the simplest tasks. For example deleting a 1mb file took 48 seconds, emptying the trash took almost a minute. Opening my E:\ drive up (HD 2) and displaying the contents seems to take several minutes. Starting the browser takes several seconds, then it will stop responding for a few minutes, then come back, and work fine for a while then stop. There is no rhyme or reason to it. It's all very random.
There are no issues with high CPU usage, no processes grabbing tons of memory. It's like the machine is a newborn baby trying to feel its way around and just can't get it together. I am almost ready to scrap and go back to 32bit. I just don't know what to check.
Again - it's not viruses - CPU is next to 0% - tons of memory is available, page file is using less than 1GB The only thing I do notice when it slows down is solid HD light, BUT it slows down some times without HD activity occurring.