I just accepted this and didnt ask too many questions. But when I was required to restart my computer, it began to start acting horribly slow. I narrowed this down to not a software issue (spyware, startup processes, etc), previously my computer flew and no software changes were made prior to this reboot.
Even before windows, the computer is horribly lagging during bootup. Before the windows splash screen, there is only a blank screen for approximatly 5 minutes then it goes into the windows splash screen and loads. Once into windows, it takes an abnormal amount of time to "load personal settings." Once onto the desktop and everything settles down, task manager reports a flucuating CPU usage between 85 and 90% while the system idle process reports 99 usage.
System specs are:
P4 2.4ghz socket 478
1gig RAM (2 sticks of 512mb PC2700)
GeForce FX 5600
4 IDE harddrives
4 PCI Cards - (sound card, IDE controller, NIC, TV tuner)
3 LED fans
430watt Antec power supply
The power supply is brand new, had it in for about 20 days and there have been no new issues up to this point since it was installed. I can't remember the exact motherboard but it was fairly inexpensive. It has been installed for about 9 months with minimal sketchiness. For example, the computer not turning on at all when the power button is pressed, normally can get it working after some fiddling. But other than that, there have been no major issues. All the remaining components with the exception of the new power supply predate the motherboard.