I check the CCC and i cant see that my card is running at the 3d requested settings, could this be the case and how can i fix this?
It runs at the correct speed in a 3D application. You can uninstall CCC, and install either ATI Tool or ATI Tray Tools, as they have an option to kill 2D/3D clocks, and run the card at the rated speed.
Also, im worried it may be my CPU as my pc is running slow and hanging regularly for a dual 2.4ghz conroe.
You're running stock, so RAM is more likely the issue. Go increase the RAM voltage, it should fix the problem.
Also, in Task manager i noticed, when i do something trivial like load firefox it uses over 50% CPU usage. This can't be normal. I will continue to try things but i feel as though ive paid 700 pounds for a pc upgrade that isnt any faster.
Im on a clean installation of windows on a fresh WD sata300 drive also.