I've just put together my second build with a new motherboard, new processor, and new RAM, but my old harddrive, video card, and power supply.
The new gear is the following:
ASUS P6T motherboard
Intel i7 920 processor
1x ADATA 2GB 1600MHz DIMM (I have two more of these on the way)
I'm running Windows XP SP3. Now that I've finally got the hardware turning on so that the machine can boot to Windows, it's slower than I expected. It's about as fast starting up as the hardware I took out of it that was 4 years old. More troubling tho is how it will freeze up and not run programs in windows. I can run small simple programs like Solitare and Minesweeper, but a lot of the time I can't run any applications like a web browser or much of anything that makes the operating system think too hard. It doesn't freeze on me so much as just not let me do anything. Even when I try to shut down, it will just sit there. Some programs will close ok (icons next to the clock go away), but most don't, and then I always end up holding the power button to shut it down.
I've never had an issue like this before. Is my new hardware not tweaked right? I don't know anything about overclocking or optimization. I just want the new gear I bought to work, be stable, and with a little luck, run faster than my old machine.
If you didn't do a fresh install or delete the drivers from the old motherboard, this is causing the unstable system. I would recommend doing a fresh install of your OS to see if this solves the problem.
So old drivers might be conflicting with the new ones and not allowing programs to run or shut down properly? I'll look into it.
Is there a way to reinstall Windows XP without wiping the hard drive and reinstalling all my stuff? If it comes to that, I'd just rather buy a new HD and a copy of Windows 7.
You can do a repair install with out wiping. Start from windows CD / select install/ and select repair when it detects a previous windows install. If that does not fix it then doing a clean install should.