Next year you will see DUAL-CORE CPUs that will make you cry you paid so dearly for a DUAL-CPU motherboard based solution.
As to your machine crawling, the only time I see this is if the user leaves programs running they are not using. Also, INTERNET EXPLOERER is a great way to let parasites on the machine and again the complaints are similar to yours.
Post if you dare a hijackthis log and let's see if your machine has parasites. I will not do much other than note if I see them.
I am looking to collect some ideas before plopping down a large amount of money for a machine that can keep up with my graphics work.
I work in publishing and I use applications like Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator often. I find that I need to run at least two of these applications simultaneously along with the standard Outlook and Internet Explorer. At times, my system slows to a crawl (P4 2.8, 768MB RAM, 128 NVidia Ti4200, 50GB HD). What suggestions would you make to help me modify this? I have tinkered with the idea of dual processors but then there is the P4 Extreme Edition.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.