I just rebuilt my desktop with pretty fast components-
CPU- intel e8400 (45 nm, 6MB L2, 3GHz, FSB 1333 MHz)
MB - gigabyte ep35c-ds3r (FSB 1333MHz)
RAM - 2gb corsair dominator ddr2
Video - xfx geoforce 9600 gt, 512mb DDR3
Power - pc power and cooling silencer 610
New install of XP home.
In theory this thing should smoke, but it's really not. For instance, I've compared the speed of opening programs on this computer vs. some machines with t2450 or t5450 cpus running vista and they open programs faster (MS office, browsers, etc). That doesn't make any sense.
The only thing that I didn't replace is my seagate barracuda 7200.7 IDE drives. I can't imagine SATA drives would make that much of a speed difference but maybe I'm wrong.
Could it be the hard drives? Maybe a bios setting is off? Is there any sort of diagnostic or program I can run to find out it there's a problem somewhere?
I appreciate any ideas. Thanks!