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How to make PC run faster

Hey guys, I have noticed my PC isn't always as fast as I would expect it to be. Here are my current specs:
CPU : Phenom II 955 BE
MOBO : ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
RAM : Patriot 4GB
HDD : Seagate Barrucada 500GB
GPU : Radeon 6850

So overall pretty solid gaming setup IMO. I just don't understand why it seems to run kinda slow when I do common activities when opening up my downloads or documents, and other random non CPU heavy tasks. My HDD is not heavily fragmented and neither is my registry. I use Piriform CCleaner after being recommended to use it by a mod on this site. My HDD is also not heavily bogged down with downloads or anything, as it still has 347gb free out of 465. My computer is only a year old as well. Any suggestions on how to make my PC run faster overall? Don't get me wrong, it doesn't run terrible or anything and runs my games fine but just seems a tad slow sometimes.
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  1. As you said, its a decent build for gaming but an SSD is a your best bet to improve your PC's performance.

    I would recommend purchasing a M4
  2. Best answer
    If you are happy with your HD 6850 while gaming, then you could overclock the CPU. Adding a SSD will help improve performance. Ibet you´re on a 32 bit OS, but if it is a 64 bit, then placing some more ram will also help.
  3. jemm said:
    If you are happy with your HD 6850 while gaming, then you could overclock the CPU. Adding a SSD will help improve performance. Ibet you´re on a 32 bit OS, but if it is a 64 bit, then placing some more ram will also help.

    I am on a 64 bit, so maybe 4 more gigs of ram will do the trick?
  4. An SSD would be the biggest improvement for your setup.
  5. geis said:
    I am on a 64 bit, so maybe 4 more gigs of ram will do the trick?


    It will also help!
  6. Best answer selected by Geis.
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