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20 Apr 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
My new PC that was supposed to be super fast is not that impressive...

Well i got a i7, 3.3ghz, 500gb black western digitals on mirror raid, top shelf video card and 4GB of ram since i'm stuck with 32 bit windows 7 because of some software i need to use.

I was expecting it to be blazing fast, especially considering that I come from dual core 2ghz laptop.

It's nothing special and lately (the OS install is few months old now) is infact being pretty slow. (no viruses or stuff like that)

Is there a way to analyze and find the bottle neck in the system? I guess most will say is the RAM but i'm using it mostly for web development, and none of the software is too heavy. Residently open apps are stuff like Chrome, Thunderbird and few other light ones.
The ram usage is at about 70% and the cpu clock is jumping from 1 to 3 ghz with load most of the times at few %.
When occasionally i need to open MS word, excel photoshop or dreamweaver they really take their time to load. And often even jumping between programs is laggish.

Any advice?

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20 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

mirror raid is for protection from HDD failure.. only reading speed increases a bit.. i dont know why you are running a RAID1 on home pc maybe it has some very important data and only backup is not enough..
the best way to improve your system speed, is to install SSD for your OS and most uses software.
the other is to look for software/hardware problems. because your specs seems ok.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fking View Post
When occasionally i need to open MS word, excel photoshop or dreamweaver they really take their time to load. And often even jumping between programs is laggish.
SSD greatly improves loading times.
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20 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fking View Post
Well i got a i7, 3.3ghz, 500gb black western digitals on mirror raid, top shelf video card and 4GB of ram since i'm stuck with 32 bit windows 7 because of some software i need to use.

I was expecting it to be blazing fast, especially considering that I come from dual core 2ghz laptop.

It's nothing special and lately (the OS install is few months old now) is infact being pretty slow. (no viruses or stuff like that)

Is there a way to analyze and find the bottle neck in the system? I guess most will say is the RAM but i'm using it mostly for web development, and none of the software is too heavy. Residently open apps are stuff like Chrome, Thunderbird and few other light ones.
The ram usage is at about 70% and the cpu clock is jumping from 1 to 3 ghz with load most of the times at few %.
When occasionally i need to open MS word, excel photoshop or dreamweaver they really take their time to load. And often even jumping between programs is laggish.

Any advice?
Please fill in your system specs so we can better assist you:System Info - See Your System Specs
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20 Apr 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Check your Windows Experience Index. This will show where your computer is lagging.
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20 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fking View Post
and 4GB of ram since i'm stuck with 32 bit windows 7 because of some software i need to use
FYI, In general most 32-bit applications will work just fine in a 64-biit operating system, but there are some exceptions. One easy way to check if your applications will work would be to check the Windows 7 compatibility center: Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs & Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads
From the compatibility center you can search for your hardware and applications by name and check both 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility.

Windows 7x64 and a few other x64 Windows OS use a feature called WoW64. WoW64 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Applications that most commonly have compatibility issues are what are referred to as kernal mode applications and old 16-bit applications. Examples might include old versions of DOS-based applications, anti-virus applications, old hardware which may not support 64-bit, etc.

As previously requested, please completely fill in your system specs and we will be able to help you with much more informed advice.
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20 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It could just be that your CPU was never really a bottleneck and you aren't really taking advantage of the new CPU with the software and such that you run.

Having 4 GB of RAM is not going to really be a bottleneck, without running very heavy apps that need more. So, going from 4GB to 8GB isn't going to make the machine super fast all by itself. In fact,it's most likely the case that you wouldn't notice a difference.

a RAID 1 mirror is going to provide some protection of a hard drive failure allowing you to boot. But it's not going to really improve your hard drive performance. Not sure if you were hoping for an improvement with this setup.

Others have mentioned an SSD drive, and for the biggest bang for the buck upgrade, I cannot disagree with that. It will be far more noticeable then a RAM upgrade.
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20 Apr 2012   #7

 
 

Well, to tell you the truth, after you buy any pc (mac users should better know this too), the computer does not become impressive after a period of time. Wires start to tear apart, and soon you will find yourself outdated (more pc or mac shopping!)
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20 Apr 2012   #8

 
 

Grab windows 7 64 bit, since you pc is awesome and you can run Adobe full suites and many softwares that require 64 bit.
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20 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

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Is there a way to analyze and find the bottle neck in the system? I guess most will say is the RAM but i'm using it mostly for web development, and none of the software is too heavy
Well, 4GB is sufficient for your kind of usage. In fact, most apps. don't use more than 3GB of ram. While people say more RAM is always better, it is only the case when you're working with memory intensive tasks and apps., which isn't the case here.

Onto some suggestions:

-Start off by uninstalling bloatware and other programs you don't need
-Disable programs/services you don't need running at every startup
-Hard drive defragmentation maybe
-Use a program like HWMonitor to see if your CPU/GPU is overheating
-Ensure that you have a well-specc'd PSU for your system (i7 + top of the line gfx card = consumes more power)

I can't imagine anything else slowing down that hardware.

As for the SSD, while it may help with boot times and file transfers, it isn't really going to fix all your problems.

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after you buy any pc (mac users should better know this too), the computer does not become impressive after a period of time
By the looks of it, I think he just got the system.
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20 Apr 2012   #10

 
 

Mmm, can't disagree. You can use ccleaner, coretemp, and stuff like that. You can also check if the applications are running from the correct location, because if they cannot do so, then the application will slow down. Another good suggestion is to clean your fans once in a while because dust adds 20 degrees C of heat :P

I have no other suggestions, so play with different combinations! I have done this and my pc is running pretty well since 2008
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