Why my Quad-Core PC is just slow ???

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So i'm using an Desktop PC with the following specifications:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz (A-Data & Apacer)
GPU: ATi Radeon HD 4830 (ASUS)
HDD: 500GB (Western Digital Caviar Blue) + 320GB (Hitachi Deskstar)
MOBO: ASRock G41C-S
PSU: GlacialTech 550W Real Power
OS: Windows 7 x64

I know it's a bit old but it would run as fast as it possible but this one it runs slowly compared to any other PC that has "Intel Core 2 Quad" processor, i've seen so many PC's on youtube that have similar specs to mine and all of those runs quickly even my friend's PC with Pentium Dual-Cor E5200 2.50GHz + 2GB ram it runs much faster than mine and i really can't diagnose what exactly it makes it to run slowly! I thought it was because of poor brand of hard drive which was Hitachi but then i upgraded it to WD Caviar Blue to see if it improves performance and to get what do i except but still it runs with the same performance and so the only thing it's slowing me down in any Operating System is "Windows Explorer" so it felt slower when i browse it compared to my friend's PC and that makes me very disappointed. Forgot to mention that my friend has also the same brand and model of Hard Drive so the only thing that i doubt why its pc is faster than mine is that he using an Gigabyte motherboard and mine is ASRock so maybe ASRock motherboard is way slower compared to Gigabyte or any other brand of motherboars! So please help me something what do i need to do to get the fully speed of my PC ? Do i need to change my motherboard to an ASUS or Gigabyte brand or what ? THANKS A LOT AND SORRY FOR MY POOR ENGLISH :)

NOTE: Please don't tell me to clean up my WINDOWS because i do it regularly, so it's not a software issue!

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well im sure it's not the brand of your motherboard and you wrote "NOTE: Please don't tell me to clean up my WINDOWS because i do it regularly, so it's not a software issue!" but maybe try to reinstall you windows

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With use overtime and added applications/files it is normal that you will experience slower preformance. It just means that you need to clean up and unclutter. Regular disk defrags and optimization scans should be routine. If that doesn't help, a fresh installation as lime suggested is always a good idea.

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its not your hardware, its your storage. reinstall windows or get a ssd

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my Q6600 was really a pain (had a P4 "prescott" sl8k4 @ 4.35ghz and my q6600 was slower in single thread application unless it was running at 3ghz) and i was on a G41 board, really... fuc**** useless, no overclock etc... i changed for a p43 and later for a ASUS formula but return to p43 (mobo fail and no more "high-end" board are made for lga775 but with 3ghz stock voltage between G41 and The p43... night and day, benchmark was double the score and games are really smooth... (FSB was a 333mhz in that time and now 450 but, a good chipset really improve my experience cause like i wrote, i was disapointed of my q6600 over a "Prescott" @ 4.35ghz... and now... NO WAY I'LL NEVER RETURN TO A F**** P4 !!!

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@spawnkiller probably you're right maybe G41 chipset are slow for high power cpu like Core 2 Quad, so i'll try to go for ASRock P43 Chipset and i hope so see better performance but it will improve the performance in stock clock or need to be overclocked ?

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at the same settings, i was seeing a great improvement (it was at 3ghz 333mhz FSB) and with the p43 i reach 4.05ghz 24/7 but the chipset will lock in the 415mhz FSB range, i need to go for PCIe frequency at 104 to reach 430 and 106mhz to 450 of FSB and i can't pass that (already had a ASUS Formula and was capable to reach 550mhz FSB with all the same component...

PS: i suggest you to at least go to 3ghz, you'll see a great improvement in response of your system...
if you set your fsb to 400mhz you'll be at 3.2ghz and you could choose to run your ram at the default speed or overclock it too (400 is a common stable setting) also @ 3.2ghz you'll not need a great voltage increase so the heat and the life of your CPU will not be degraded too much (mine's is 1.55 Vcore but 1.49 real for 4 years and still rock stable so...)

Max (absolute) vcore 1.5V generally C2Q will see the 3 to 3.4ghz with just 1.4v vcore (stock is generally 1.3125 or 1.2750 but can go up to 1.3650 so 1.4 really isn't a big deal...

VTT 1.5V (i'd recommended to don't pass 1.4, mine see no improvement in speed and my ram already run a 1126mhz so for 6mhz more i'd stay back and run cooler... (this setting really help stabilize but it's in the last optimisation cause it's really hard to see we're to stop with it so leave it to AUTO unless it wouldn't pass...)

CPU reference: Auto or 2/3 of the VTT if not stable (generally auto is ok)

chipset p43 voltage to auto (more stable than a manual setting...)

Also don't forget to turn off all EIST speedstep and all goodies made to save power cause it can cause instability when not running at stock speed...

Tech-Fan
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Really helped thanks a lot :)

Allen86
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Try disabling superfetch as well. Overall disabling this made my system more snappier and gave better performance.

Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Services > Superfetch

Right click > properties > Stop then Disable

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also try fragmentation your hard disks

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I also have a Q6600... And for the most part because this is an older Quad, you will need to overclock it and do this by raising the front-side bus (FSB). Some of the games today need at least two cores running at a min of 2.8GHz. So try aiming for 3GHz and see if you can get that stable with your Asrock motherboard. After 3GHz you will need to fiddle with voltages and cooling and that might not be worth your time for another 200MHz ~ 400MHz. Beyond 3GHz on my Gigabyte rig it fails to resume from Sleep modes, keep that in mind if you use standby or sleep.

Also please post your Windows Experience Index scores so we can see what's going on.

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