Other than that, this is just fricin' weird.
you got that right.
my main hdd is a seagate barracuda IV 40gb. the other one is a western digital 120gb (2mb 7200rpm). both have been on 24/7 since i got them. its about a year for the seagate, and about ten months for the WD.
i play a lot of command and conquer, and watch tv on my computer. the digital vcr i have, always takes about 40-50% of cpu usage. i turn on kazaa only when i'm not browsing, i'm on a 128k line, so i need all the bandwidth i can get while browsing. but my p4 can handle the game, kazaa, f@h, my im programs, winamp, and a few other things... all at once. it doesn't even hiccup. i'm happy
also, i reboot every couple days, but the computer's never off for more than a minute in a week. the reboot is for windows xp... it kinda gets stale and lazy.
what's your system's spec's?
i've also noticed that winamp considerably slowed down the graphical client, but it hardly affects the command line version.