have recently built a new rig and have the following...
2 x LG 24" Monitor (L246WH)
VISTA ULTIMATE 64-bit (with latest updates installed)
Motherboard - ASUS P6T WS PRO
CPU - Intel core i7 920 2.67GHz
CPU Cooler - Xigmatek HDT-S1283 - AWESOME!!! first ever CPU cooler and it fits in my case NO PROBLEMS
RAM - OCZ Gold XTC Triple Channel 3x2gig DDR3 1333MHz PC10600 - extremely well built ram and flashy looking too!! RECOMMENDED BRAND!!!
Vid - XFX Nvidia GTX 260 core 216 - extremely well built card, very solid when you hold it!! RECOMMENDED CARD!!!
PS - Corsair TX750W
Case - Cooler Master 690 - great case!! plenty of space for EVERYTHING, including upto 7 fans, and even the CPU cooler fits!!! HDD's face to the side panel which i prefer and very good cable management system!! more computer screws than you can ever use! RECOMMENDED!!!
HDD1 - Maxtor 200gig SATA
HDD2 - WD 320gig SATA
HDD3 - WD 1TB SATA
HDD4 - WD 500gig passport (external)
HDD5,6,7 - 3x WD 500gig my books (externals)
not that i am super dissapointed or anything but i was really expecting a super fast zippy zip flash bang system out of this build. and here's what i mean.
--- VISTA 64 bit takes nearly 6 minutes to boot from a fresh start which i find quite long. once booted there are 74 processes running. i do load a few programs on startup but its only a few.
--- the system can sometimes seem to stutter (sort of pause) for a few seconds at certain times when i have a few things running but c'mon, its a quad core i7 machine!
--- 1080p movies have a hard time playing using VLC unless i set the asus EPU-6 engine to rocket speed.
--- programs such as lightroom v2.3 64-bit load faster and processes previews fairly fast.
--- copying files goes pretty good.
--- can play most games at high res (1920x1080) which is AWESOME!! and they load FAST!!!
--- my RAM usuage is at approx 30-50% all the time which surprises me since i have a full 6gigs!
--- the CPU usage is usually less than 5% unless i play games and it might get to 30-40%
--- installing programs or games takes quite a bit of time too
was i expecting too much from this new build?
i really thought everything was going to be ULTRA FAST but thats really not the case
and about this whole quad core thing, how does that really work? is one core used per application or game? or can multiple cores get together and share the load of processing a application or game?
will OC'ing really increase my performance that much?
any recommendations? at the moment i feel as though this build is gonna crap out in a year