I realize this is a "hail-mary" type question but maybe one of you have experienced this:
I have a self-built PC with these specs:
Asus motherboard ( forget the model)
64 bit Windows 7 Service pack 1
Pentium R E5500
4 GB Ram
Visiontek GeForce3 64MB video card
The problem: It suddenly just started operating at about half speed (literally). After eliminating our modem as a possible culprit I assumed it was a software issue. To the point that I scrubbed the hard-drive and did a clean install. Still painfully slow.
Question #1: this issue most be hardware related then, right? The only software programs I reinstalled where Windows and the drivers for the monitor, mouse, keyboard.
Question #2: I play an occasional FPS game but use the computer daily for Photoshop. With that in mind and if you were in my position with modest funds, would you just rebuild what I have (e.g. motherboard, i5 and more ram), would you go for the always plentiful Alienware Alpha or would you just shop for a $400 desktop and add on to it as you could?
I can wait for the Black Friday deals if it will allow me to save a hundred bucks but I'd prefer to not keep working from my laptop if possible.