Ok, just a quick one to throw out for advice. I'm running a AMD 3000+ overclocked to 2.4, on a ECS GS7610 ultra with 1Gb RAM. Not long ago, I cooked my 256Mb Geforce 7300 GS, & replaced it with the aforementioned GT440. This has massively slowed my PC down.
Is it time for a new CPU &/or motherboard, or would simply downgrading to a 512Mb card be a better option? I don't really do much gaming, but a lot of photoshopping gets done, as does a lot of movie watching.
The slowdown seems to be general. My system takes ages to start up, browsing & opening windows takes forever. I know it's not 100% accurate, but my CPU meter gadget shows the CPU running at 100% all the time (Without the card installed,it's about 35-55%). I've disabled all but the very basic start-up programs & still no change.
I've not run Benchmarks. I've heard of it, but don't know much about it to be honest. I'm far from a newbie at this, but wouldn't say i'm advanced either!