Thanks for the response.
No, i was sure to NOT put anything from my old system back - it's literally a fresh install with nothing but chrome and a music production program called Ableton on the drive (which i installed in the apple store straight off the internet). I put those on first as they were problematic in the past...
No macKeeper or clean my mac on the drive... I just purchased new ram for good measure and it didnt help :-/
So today i installed new ram, and a new hard drive + OSX.
I have no idea what Ableton is, but there seem to be a ton of complaints about it running slow if you google it. I'm wondering if it might be the cause of all your problems. It'd be interesting to see if everything else works if you uninstall it. I'm wondering if it loads some things at boot that slow the rest of your apps down. I don't know what it takes to uninstall and reinstall, but if you decide to try that follow whatever uninstall instructions there are. Sometimes just throwing an app in the trash doesn't fully remove it.
And the built in apps like Safari or whatever work ok?
****, I mistakinlgy hit "This solved my question" (it might, who knows). I will try unsinstalling ableton however most friends of mine use it with no major problems... Certainly none like im dealing with.
Safari, Itunes, Text Edit, all the native apps work great.... Just these 3rd party ones are killing me