thanks for the replies.
i actually have this build (if you didnt guess) and it isnt running "as smooth as silk". ive seen videos of other similar builds and my build doesnt perform much faster than if i were to replace my e8400 with a e6750 (my mothers computer)
-the hdd is brand new; passed SeaTools tests yesterday
-fresh XP install just yesterday; only using <1gb of space (no porn is slowing it down) right now
-i removed the hdd jumper
-i updated the bios