EVGA NForce 780i SLI motherboard
XFX 8800GTS 512MB GPU x2 (SLI setup but not activated since nothing i play actually uses the sli to its advantage)
G.Skill 2GB x2 = 4GB DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Ram
Intel core2quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500gb SATA 3.0gb/s hard drive
Silverstone 800W Modular PSU
Tuniq Tower cpu cooler
When i initially set this up the only hiccup i ran into was that it would only read my ram if i had the two sticks in the 2 and 4 slots instead of the 1 and 3. I found this odd, and probably should have looked into it further, but was excited and impatient, so i ignored the issue.
About 6 months ago I decided it was time to do a routine reformat and reinstall of vista. Strangely upon reinstalling vista I continuously got errors that required me to start all over again. Just when i was getting to my mental breaking point, the install completed successfuly.
Ever since, I have noticed a sluggishness to my computer that wasn't there before. I used to be able to run programs like World of Warcraft, Firefox, and Ventrilo all at the same time flawlessly. Now, just alt-tabbing out of warcraft or moving a window from one monitor to the other, causes a pause and my computer feels as though it's struggling.
My first thought was that the problem was with my ram. But memtest finds nothing wrong with it.
I really have a feeling that the problem lays somewhere in the space/time that my mobo interacts with my ram. That is a complete guess and just a gut feeling.
I am seriously considering upgrading my mobo and cpu, just to see if that fixes the problem and am wondering if anyone here has an opinion on any of the issues im experiencing or a suggestion for a mobo/cpu that will fit nicely into my existing setup.
Thanks for reading.