I am contemplating a new PC build, but I feel that since I am so neurotic about details, it is not going to happen for quite some time. I need to put a lot more research into it. But for the time being, I would like to maximize the performance I get out of my old Dell dimension. The specs right now are disgusting: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.8 GHz, 256MB RAM I went to Crucial.com and did a system scan to see what kind of RAM I need. I was surprised to see that I can still buy it. The scan reported the following: Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB Currently Installed Memory: 256MB Available Memory Slots: 1 Total Memory Slots: 2 Dual Channel Support: No "Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 1GB per slot. (not to exceed manufacturer supported memory" I am going to go with 2 x 2GB RAM and I think there should be a great increase in performance. Right now, things are very slow. When I right-click on "My Computer" and then click the "Properties" selection it takes quite literally 3-4 secinds for the properties window to pop up. Same thing when I click the "Start" menu...3-4 seconds to pop up. I recently wiped the HDD and reinstalled only the OS (WinXP Home) and MS Office. I have not completely ruled out a virus, but it seems unlikely since I wiped the HDD about 2 months back and have not knowingly visited any sketchy sites. Anyone have any final suggestions to bring new life into my Dell aside from the RAM upgrade? ALSO: I notice that when I click on a window (on the side pane) and drag to another spopt on the screen, I can literally see the vertical re-write. That is how slow the graphics respond. Is that a function of the CPU? Or solely the GPU?