hi JeremicaM, i'm running freebsd currently on a virtually identical system (specs wise, with what you provided) w/no problems. i have also run redhat 9, mandrake 8.1, 9.1, and slackware 9.0, 9.1, on this same machine, w/out problems. have you had a look at the services that run at boot? it could be that they are dragging system performance down. you may also want to look at a "lighter" window manager, fluxbox comes to mind. my final advice would be try as many distros, window managers, etc. as you have time and patience for. you'll almost certainly find something that fits.