My 5-year-old (prebuilt) PC seems to be starting to slow down seriously during certain tasks... I'm _reasonably_ sure it is not a software problem. I'd like to test the CPU, HDD, memory, etc., to see if some particular component is responsible. Could anyone recommend a benchmarking suite? (Ideally I'd like something where I can come back with the results and someone could point out if anything seems really suspicious.)
PS. Sorry if this isn't the right sub forum... wasn't quite sure where to post this.
You may want to try cleaning your system of resource wasting crap and registry errors with CCleaner: http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
Do the Clean and Registry both.
And see how many pgms are in your System Configuration Utility/Startup. I have six in mine for comparison. The more stuff you have running in the background, the slower your system will get. This will help you determine what has to stay and what can go: http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_search.php