I have the following custom built PC that was built around 2011. The specs are:
CPU: AMD Phenon II X4 945
RAM: 6 GB DDR3 667 Mhz
Video Card: Radeon HD 6670
Hard Drive: WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
I am running Windows 7 OS. I have no spyware / viruses on the system as I am very careful about that.
Anyways, the system boots up fine. However, after bootup and when trying to load my first application - usually Chrome - it hangs for about 15-20 seconds and finally loads. It just feels as if its sluggish on bootup. After bootup, I don't see any latency issues unless I am running a Newleecher and trying to get a list of all available headers.
Compared to my i7 ivy bridge laptop, this thing is slow. My laptop doesn't hang at all, even when using Newsleecher. I am sure there is some bottleneck on my system that is causing this. This has happened before too, even after reformatting my hard drive.
Is my RAM too slow? Should I add more RAM? My motherboard only supports 8GB. I am also thinking about getting a SSD hard drive in the future.
Also, is it time to upgrade my processor to maybe a Phenom 965?
I mainly do programming on this machine and hardly any gaming. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know this question might be a little open ended.
Thanks for the replies guys. I'll go ahead and do the hard drive diagnostic and check my startup programs again. I am happy that it is not the processor.
Also, what about the RAM and mobo? My motherboard only supports 8GB of ram and I wouldn't mind upgrading it to 12 or GB with a new motherboard? Is my current RAM too slow at 667 MHz?
As a rule, ram speed is not very important.
It has a minor effect on cpu power. It is not important with intel cpu's, and a bit more important for amd.
The amount of ram helps, usually more is better than faster.
I would not change out a motherboard just to add ram.
If you change out the motherboard, it should be to change to a Intel sandy/ivy bridge cpu. They are faster on a clock for clock basis.
Check the task manager performance tab and look for the hard fault rate, It should be low or nonexistent..