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Windows 7: Maybe I need a more powerful computer

25 Apr 2010   #1
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Maybe I need a more powerful computer

I have a 2 year old Intel E6550 (Dual 2.33) with 4 Gigs of RAM and a video card with one gig of RAM so when I video talk with someone and want to do some computer work like sending pictures or just screwing around with the computer my CPU's are pushing 90%+. I thought it was my slow 3 meg Cox but my CPU's' go pass that 90% mark if I'm just browsing my computer. Maybe it needs a good cleaning but I kept it pretty much junk free and I only use about 15% of my hard drives space so I'm wondering if I need a more muscular PC?


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25 Apr 2010   #2
hubris

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

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CPU's are pushing 90%+
Hi, where do you get this info from. a pick of taskmanager would be good.
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25 Apr 2010   #3
Casca

 

Everyone 'needs' a more powerful machine, but your machine is not the cause of this problem.

I would like to see your Task Manager sorted by CPU %

Do you have a large HOSTS file with the DNS service enabled? If yes, you may wish to disable the DNS service (I am jumping the gun here).
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25 Apr 2010   #4
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

If you have the time, just do a fresh installation. It might be quicker to fix your problem, but if you haven't done a fresh install in a year or so you'll notice a huge jump in speed when you do.
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25 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
If you have the time, just do a fresh installation. It might be quicker to fix your problem, but if you haven't done a fresh install in a year or so you'll notice a huge jump in speed when you do.
That is good advice. Tracking down the problems would probably take longer.
But for a quick check, start the task manager, processes tab and click on "show processes from all users". Then sort by CPU and tell us which process eats all that CPU time.
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26 Apr 2010   #6
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

Dual CPU Gadgets and my computer runs just fine, just when I video call
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26 Apr 2010   #7
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

if u are using a hd web cam that doesnt have hardware encoding your cpu with be taxed. if ur using a standard web cam then it shouldnt be a issue. u may want a fresh install
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26 Apr 2010   #8
rsjabba

 
 

i'd go with the good cleaning. 2 years = alot of dust, alot of heat retention and serious performance degradation.
fresh install + thorough cleaning of the inside of the case will give you like-new performance... for a while
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26 Apr 2010   #9
rsjabba

 
 

also if you're not doing anything and the System process is using up all your CPU power, you have a problem (and a big one). its probably that. system idle is the only thing that should show up a majority of cpu use while your pc is doing nothing
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26 Apr 2010   #10
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Have you considered your connection speed may be the underlying issue here ? ?
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