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Slow downloading times on new computer

Last response: in Systems
August 21, 2012 7:59:51 PM

The new computer i just built is downloading slow.Just built it with parts listed.
Amd 6200fx
sabertooth 990fx
ati radeon 6770
850w power supply
aftermarket heatsink
Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s
8 gb ram 1600
windows 7 home
-Drivers downloaded
newer bios

Browsing the internet is fine but dowloading speeds are very slow.
at&t with 1500kb comminng in on speed test i get around 1.3mb, but downloading im lucky to get 150kb per second.
August 21, 2012 8:14:16 PM

Downloading from where?Maybe getting throttling from you ISP.
August 21, 2012 8:17:14 PM

Is there another computer you can test the download on? It may not be your computer. Go to and see what you speed here shows.
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August 21, 2012 8:19:41 PM

+1 to rgd1101 comment

It might be a number of things, but if speed test is Ok then what's most likely is that the server you're downloading from is slow.

Otherwise your ISP might be throttling some types of connections (such as torrents)

Just try do download or stream something from a known fast source (Microsoft, google...)
August 21, 2012 8:20:29 PM

i get like 1.2 to 1.4 on
August 21, 2012 8:24:26 PM

rgd1101 said:
Downloading from where?Maybe getting throttling from you ISP.

new with this not really sure what that is. but on any computer the speedtest is still around 1mb to 1.2mb
August 21, 2012 9:41:29 PM

ISP = Internet service provider
The company you're paying to have access to the internet, some ISP will throttle some types of connections so limit the burden on their network.

Anyway if you're speed test is good (which it seems to be) then most likely your problem is what you're downloading and where it comes from, if the server that's sending you the data is slow, then you won't get the file any faster even if you still have bandwidth available

It's unlikely that this slow transfer speed is caused by your computer
August 22, 2012 1:10:21 AM

its from all different downloads. no matter what im downloading if its a game from steam or anything else it always idles at 160kb/s. and the cpu usage and ram are not even being stressed.
August 22, 2012 5:36:34 AM

does this happen if you use another computer?

Edit : if not, make sure all your drivers are up to date (chipset, lan driver, etc...)

Also, if you have more than one computer available, and assuming they are networked together, try transferring files from it (doing so on the local network should help determine if the problem is with your ISP or your computer)