|1. Is this an OEM computer (Dell, Gateway, HP/Compaq, etc), or is it custom built? self built?|
2. What's the make/model of the motherboard?
3. Was the BIOS manually configured for best performance or is it running default settings?
--- 3a. Is Cool 'n' Quiet enabled or disabled? (it should be disabled)
4. What's the CPU temp at idle & under load?
5. Do you have all the latest drivers installed?
6. Which antivirus program are you running?
--- 6a. When's the last time you ran a full virus / spyware scan?
7. Do you have any toolbars installed? Yahoo or Google for example?
8. How many total processes do you have running?
--- 8a. Have you ever run MSCONFIG to disable unnecssary processes from loading at startup?
9. Do you use a program such as CCleaner or Glary Utilities to eliminate accumulated garbage files?