Update on this thread. I upgraded to an i3-3220 with an ocz vertex 3 drive. It is super fast and boots up extremely fast.
One thing about things slowing down boot times, I installed an update for tmt and all the sudden the computer boots a little slower.
So, it just goes to show, all kinds of things will slow a boot.
I haven't installed a single update. It's at sp1 and it's going to stay there.
Restoring to a backup tomorrow. Should be done with installing software after that.
I can hit the restart computer in the start menu and be back to Windows Media center in under 30 seconds.. I'll trade speed for updates any day.