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I bought a system with 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, Quad-Core AMD Phenom 9550, Nvidia Geforce 9300GE, 64-bit Windows Vista Machine.

Bought it primarily because it was cheap and came with 25.5 inch screen.

Problem: It's slow - if you can believe it. My Dell laptop 1525 is faster and more stable!

I tried installing and dual-booting Linux Mint and ran into video and audio troubles.

I need fast and stable and I'm going for awesome.

Anyone have some suggestions on making this thing smoking hot? Vista is fine, but slows over time - suspect virus/spyware/etc.. But I need to use Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Illustrator. I've tried the alternatives and I just don't like them. When you've got deadlines looming you want to work with what you know. Also use Skype (and I had audio problems with it in Linux), gotomeeting, gotowebinar. Don't need MS Office. Tried VMWare, Virtualbox and again - I keep getting audio/video problems.

I'd love someone's input on THEIR setup and how they got there.

I'm sure I need to upgrade my video card, but what should I go to?

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I agree with Molly, and also think the machine needs to be reformatted and re-installed properly. Ensure you have the correct 64-Bit drivers for all the hardware, and make sure you run either Avast Home Edition or AVG as Anti-Virus.

Also check the if the machine is getting sufficient cooling and that the PSU is powerful enough to drive it, especially considering the 25" LCD.

It really sound like a hardware driver issue somewhere along the line, or otherwise a bad combination of hardware components.

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i'd give you a vote, but i have difficulties to endorse AVG, their most unkosher link checker and the installation of a browser searchbar are inacceptable for me (i know these 'features' can be disabled, but they are the default settings, not good). –  Molly7244 Sep 7 '09 at 20:03
    
I personally don't use it either, I prefer Avast and dislike AVG. However most people recommend it so I added it for safety sake. –  Diago Sep 7 '09 at 20:07
    
this i will accept as an excuse :) +1 –  Molly7244 Sep 7 '09 at 20:17
    
Molly: Most security suites will install a browser toolbar for you. –  David Pearce Sep 8 '09 at 10:38
    
@joshhunt. Strangely Avast doesn't. It is the one reason a love it. –  Diago Sep 8 '09 at 11:09

hang in there for a wee while and wait for Windows 7 x64

or get it now for a free 90 days test drive

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