I cant figure out what is slowing down my mbp i7 quad core. Help?!

This is a used machine I bought off CL. Upgraded to 10.8.3 and upgraded RAM to 8 gb. Has been wrking great. Suddenly delay between input and output. I click wait then it responds.....like a pc.....same with typing or any other comand and constant pinwheeling. closed all applications cleaned all temp caches. Used onyx to do its magic. All to no avail. My hard drive is at 290 of 500 gb.....my old intell core duo 2009 w 4gb ram is whirring along running all the same software. Its HD is at the same ratio.
Please help this is a mid 2012 15inch MBP i7 quad core. What could be slowing it down?

You'll have to backup only user files to a external storage drive (not TimeMachine) and disconnect.
Then hold command r keys down and reboot the machine, use Disk Uility Erase on the Macintosh HD and move the slider one spot to the right, then click erase, this will Zero Erase the entire partition, takes hours, but let it complete.
Then quit and reinstall OS X fresh with your AppleID and password/update and install your software, then last add files back, do a scan using the free ClamXav just in case.
If you still have problems, do a extended Hardware Check, should check the RAM and replace with the original and see if the problem goes away.

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