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New prebuilt gaming computer starts slow, runs slow upon arrival from iBuyPower.

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January 28, 2013 6:59:12 PM

I recently purchased an iBuyPower gaming rig. I set the computer up and noticed immediately that the start up was slow, even for setting up. I downloaded the windows updates and driver updates. Start up still takes about 5 minutes. This is way too long for a brand new computer. Opening windows or programs takes some time, and the windows lag and freeze up. It feels like working on an older computer that is infested with viruses. The hard drive has a low click any time it retrieves data. Installation of programs takes longer than it should.

My point is this: my brand new pre-built is running much slower than it should. I have considered a few options, but would like your opinions.

1. The power supply is too small to provide full functionality.
2. The toshiba 500GB hard disk is bad.
3. Windows was not installed correctly.
4. Components were not installed correctly during pre-build. (I checked and they seem correct, but still)


My Specs are:

Asus m5a97 R2.0
Amd FX-6300 3.5GHz 6 Core Processor
HIS AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card
2x4GB G Skill ripjaws DDR3 Ram
Generic 24x DVD-RW drive
Toshiba 500GB 7200RPM Hard Disk
Windows 7 Home Premium.
400W PSU (AMD recommends 500 for GPU)



I am doing a clean reinstall and it is going on an hour and a half now, which from prior experience is sluggish and at this point feels foreboding. I have a strong feeling that my hard disk is crap, but what do you more experienced enthusiasts think about my issue?

Thank you for taking the time to read and thank you again for any helpful submissions.
January 28, 2013 8:59:56 PM

easyspeak said:
I recently purchased an iBuyPower gaming rig. I set the computer up and noticed immediately that the start up was slow, even for setting up. I downloaded the windows updates and driver updates. Start up still takes about 5 minutes. This is way too long for a brand new computer. Opening windows or programs takes some time, and the windows lag and freeze up. It feels like working on an older computer that is infested with viruses. The hard drive has a low click any time it retrieves data. Installation of programs takes longer than it should.

My point is this: my brand new pre-built is running much slower than it should. I have considered a few options, but would like your opinions.

1. The power supply is too small to provide full functionality.
2. The toshiba 500GB hard disk is bad.
3. Windows was not installed correctly.
4. Components were not installed correctly during pre-build. (I checked and they seem correct, but still)


My Specs are:

Asus m5a97 R2.0
Amd FX-6300 3.5GHz 6 Core Processor
HIS AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card
2x4GB G Skill ripjaws DDR3 Ram
Generic 24x DVD-RW drive
Toshiba 500GB 7200RPM Hard Disk
Windows 7 Home Premium.
400W PSU (AMD recommends 500 for GPU)



I am doing a clean reinstall and it is going on an hour and a half now, which from prior experience is sluggish and at this point feels foreboding. I have a strong feeling that my hard disk is crap, but what do you more experienced enthusiasts think about my issue?

Thank you for taking the time to read and thank you again for any helpful submissions.


#2 is your likely culprit, i've had similar issues with a prebuilt that i bought new ages ago and it turned out to be a faulty hd.
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January 28, 2013 9:15:08 PM

I agree, a clicking noise is a sure sign of an imminent drive failure. It would be reading everything super slow, and would increase loadtimes on EVERYTHING. Funny cuz I got a bad HDD from iBuypower as well lol
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