I dug out my specs for my old desktop, and though they seem pretty decent, I've run into a lot of weird issues.
First off....the specs, as from system monitor
CPU:AMD Athlon (tm) II X4 640 x4
HDD: 1TB SSD
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 420
So, based off of those specs.....I'm not quite getting why things such as Firefox are either outright lagging, or feel slow. I'm well aware it's not some 20 core 16 GB of RAM monster system, but it certainly isn't some netbook either. I'm unsure what exactly is causing that slowdown really, if it's Ubuntu Mate having stuff going on, or my choice of programs.
I mostly use it for everyday stuff like net browsing, streaming media, email, et cetera, so there's no logical reason why it should be struggling given that hardware. I'm unsure if changing distros would help, or if I should just change what I use for said activities. I've yet to find a web browser besides Chromium that feels responsive. THe strangest part is....I have my laptop, which is a worse spec bar the processor, and the exact same distro flies on that laptop, whereas it struggles on my desktop. It mostly seems to struggle with Firefox and Thunderbird, versus something like Chromium, which uses (supposedly) more memory yet feels faster and is more stable. Do I just need to change up my programs to get my Ubuntu system to fly again?
What would you all suggest to help with this?
If in doubt, chocolate and coffee. Enough said.