I built my current desktop computer five years ago. Here are the main specifications:
Motherboard: Asus P5Q3
CPU Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9650 @ 3.00GHz
Platform Name Socket 775 LGA
RAM: 8Gb DDR3 666.6Mh
Video: NVIDiA GeForce 9500GT
Several terabytes of hard disks
Windows 7 Professional
The system has become rather slow and unstable – occasional blue screen of death, freezing programmes, and so forth.
Should I reformat and reinstall? Or should I consider a total rebuild? My wife and I use the machine for wordprocessing, e-mail and browsing the Web. I occasionally use it to process video, and am not worried if HQ video must be cooked in real time. I suspect that even the system we have is more powerful than we really need. But the hardware may be wearing out.
Any advice much appreciated.