My first problem is that I could be doing pretty much anything on my PC, and it will randomly freeze. By randomly, I mean that I've had experiences where it's gone a week without freezing, frozen once about every 4-6 hours, or frozen twice in about 30 minutes.
My second problem is that ever since this freezing started to occur, my start up has slowed down dramatically. It's not the entire start up that slows though, it just sits on my MSI screen (since I have an MSI motherboard, I think) for about 3-4 minutes each time it restarts/starts up. Shut down time is normal.
So this is the story to clarify a few things for the questions you may have. I used to run a Maxtor HD, which died around the time Gears of War was released, which I believe was somewhere around November 17th of 2006. I never had any problems with that drive...EVER. I pretty much had my life on that computer, so I had someone come out to do data recovery on it for me. The only things I needed recovered were the "My Documents" folder and a small portion of the "Programs" folder. So, he took those and put them on a placeholder drive, and then transferred them to the new HD. The HD I replaced the Maxtor with is a Seagate. For about the first 5 weeks, by PC worked fine. A few days before Christmas, I started having the freezing problem. After the first freeze is when I experienced the slow start up. I'm aware that sometimes large sized data recovery and transfer can cause problems, but I really have no clue what's causing it.
Since I'm going to be working with doing digital art this quarter in school, I REALLY can't afford to freeze in the middle of a 6-8 hour project.
Also, I do have Everest Home Edition, SpeedFan, Sensors View Pro, Ad-Aware, Windows Defender, and AVG on my PC. I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with a virus or something along those lines, since I don't do any random downloading of anything. My guess is that something is wrong with the PC itself.
If you need an Everest report or something along those lines, help me out a little bit by letting me know how to do it. I only got them because people suggested them in other posts and I figured I'd get a head start on possibly resolving the issue.
Any and all help appreciated. ;]
P.S. I think my BIOS might be outdated, but like I said, I NEVER had any problems before. If you'd like me to update the BIOS, I'll see what I can find about how to do so.