Making Music Computer Run Faster

I have a server computer.... IBM running on Windows Server 2003.  It's has 8 gigs of memory, but for some reason, the computer it getting overloaded too quickly.   I'm running several music applications that can be somewhat CPU/RAM consumptive, but I feel it's crashing too soon.  

One issue may be the CPU.   The motherboard is a TYAN S2915.   The CPU is a 2x Quadcore AMD Opteron 8350 running at 2000 mhz.

Anyway, I've resigned myself to the idea that there might be something in the CPU, in which case I'll transition to another computer.   But for now, I'm wondering if there's anything i can do to "unclog the works".  

Perhaps more important, I'd like to know if there is some sort of tool I can use to determine when/if there are spikes in the usage of RAM/CPU/CASCHE or whatever.   Is the tast manager sufficient?   I guess what I'm wondering is if there is something that can "warn" me that the computer is about to be overloaded (and is thereby about to crash).

I have Everest and am going to run a couple of stress tests...
RaiderNationDelegateAsked:
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TymetwisterCommented:
In Task Manager under the Performance tab, how much Available memory does it say when this is happening?
RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
The computer is only recognizing 4 of my 8 gigs of mem. I have two 4-gig sticks in.   Maybe that's the issue.   Is there any way I can determine if the memory is bad?
TymetwisterCommented:
You can try swapping in different sticks and leaving like 2 out at a time and see if there's certain ones its not reading. Also do this kind of test on each memory slot to check for a bad slot.
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TymetwisterCommented:
GrawlixCommented:
The limit for the X86 (32 bit) version of Windows 2003 standard server is 4gb.   Your processors support a 64bit architecture.  If you install the 64 bit version of 2003 standard the operating system can use the entire 8gb of ram installed and up to 32gb total.

How to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system

Physical Memory Limits: Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
CallandorCommented:
>if there is some sort of tool I can use to determine when/if there are spikes in the usage of RAM/CPU/CASCHE

Yes - install ProcessExplorer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653, and you should be able to identify what is using the cpu.

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