1.List all startup items in your MSCONFIG (checkec items). 2.Disconnect all devices from the PC except for the mouse AND keyboard (very important) and reboot several times. Record and post your boot times. 3.Reset BIOS to default configuration, save, and exit. Repeat step 2 and post results. 4.Reset CMOS battery. Repeat step 2 and post results. Let me know if you can go inside the PC to remove the PCI cards. I like to remove all devices from the motherboard. Reseat the RAM modules. Connect only the boot hard drive to the primary IDE channel, and check for timely PC boot. It shouldn't take more than 30 seconds from the time you hit the power button to the appearance of the desktop. Also go to pcpitstop.com and run the full performance test. Post your results here. F.