Everytime I go to my school and use the pc there , it's such a pleasure to work with. They are extremely fast , I never used a pc that fast in my life. The pc's I think are workstations , cpu is e6550 (the sticker on the case says "intel vPro" , so it must be some workstation cpu. Windows and apps are blazing fast. My question is why isn't my q9550 as fast as e6550? My q9550 has 4 cores @ 2.83 ghz , the e6550 has 2 cores at 2.33 ghz if I remember correct. The difference is big enough for me to open this thread.