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If you do a ctrl-alt-delete , how many processes do you have running all the time? More than about 35-40 means you are probably using 30 to 50% of your processor already. Look in the performance tab and see what the CPU usage is. Going thru each process and stopping them one at a time and looking into the taskmanager performance tab could tell you if a program is using a lot of the CPU while only being started. This usually means a lot of rebooting but at least you would know. When i was running F-A-D my processor was used at 100% all the time. The only time i had a problem was when playing games or burning cd's/dvd's. Then i just stopped FAD from running while doing these things.
i only have 29 processes running, and the only one using any cpu over 3% is the system process...which goes anywhere from 0 to 100, depending on what i am doing...when downloading or playing games online it goes to 100 or whatever remaining cpu it can take up