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My computer's performance is noticably slipping.

Farout FoolioFarout Foolio Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Not sure the best way to describe this, basically my computer has been having greater difficulty playing games as of late.
As an example, I bought l4d when it came out, and tuned the settings so that I was getting good performance.
Lately, with the same settings (and no change in hardware or anything) the framerate is pretty damn bad.
This is true for pretty much any game I play nowadays.
I haven't modified my computer in any major way, and I think I do a pretty good job of being virus-aware.
Anyone have any idea what's going on?

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    FiziksFiziks Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd say at the very least defrag your hard drive. Look into registry cleaners such as CCleaner. Look at your task manager and see if there are any programs running you can either disable/uninstall completely.

    Also, when is the last time you reformatted? I usually try to reformat every 6 months or so. After months and months of downloading random whatever, eventually it's hard to keep track of everything, so I end up doing a little bi-annual cleaning.

    A way to test this out is to use a benchmark utility to check to see if what you're doing is actually affecting your system. I know CS:S comes with an in-game benchmark. There is also Aquamark, and 3DMark.

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    theclamtheclam Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Overheating can cause a computer to reduce its speed. Open it up and blow out any dust. Use Speedfan to check the temperature.

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    noobertnoobert Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Back up all your important data to an external hard drive and reformat it.

    While you're at it, make sure the heatsink's are not clogged up with too much dust.

    Could also try updating your display drivers.

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    Tweaked_Bat_Tweaked_Bat_ Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    theclam wrote: »
    Overheating can cause a computer to reduce its speed. Open it up and blow out any dust. Use Speedfan to check the temperature.

    What about if I own a laptop, what would you recommend to clean out the fans and sinks etc?

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    You can definitely blow out your laptop's fans. It's pretty simple to get to them, at least on most laptops (maybe not macs.)

    Cleaning more than that can get a little tougher, but as long as you make sure to remember how it all goes back together you shouldn't have too much trouble.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited July 2009
    noobert wrote: »
    Back up all your important data to an external hard drive and reformat it.

    Completely unnecessary overkill nine times out of ten.

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    wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Echo wrote: »
    noobert wrote: »
    Back up all your important data to an external hard drive and reformat it.

    Completely unnecessary overkill nine times out of ten.

    respectfully disagree. if your OS install is more than 18 months old or so and you're noticing slowdown, it's actually often the easiest, least frustrating, and least time consuming action than running 6-7 different programs and praying you clean up enough of the garbage to notice a difference.

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    Farout FoolioFarout Foolio Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    So I have done everything in this thread except the reformat, (the HD is pretty new) and sadly have seen no visible change. : <

    Here is my 3dmark score:

    SM2.0 Score: 1601
    HDR/SM3.0 Score: 1959
    CPU Score : 522

    Total 3268

    My friend tells me that this is a very poor score for the setup I have. D:

    And here are my temperature values:

    GPU 73
    SYSTEM 44
    CPU 55
    AUX 6
    HD0 38
    HD1 40
    CORE 73
    AMBIENT 55

    Are any of these high?

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    SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Check your performance montior and see whats going on. Whether your CPU is capping out, or your drive writes- it'll give you a clue as to whats going on.

    Also, Vista is a bleeder. It just starts to suck ass after a while. I had thought with careful program trimming and solid maintenance on my GF's laptop I could get it back up to speed, but either my comp-fu wasn't up to it, or it had picked up some visible symptoms from invisible problems. Either way, the wipe/reinstall took less than an hour and it came out working back up at peak performance again.

    I dunno, its just software- i mean sure, you can go digging for hours/days looking for a dirty sparkplug or misaligned Heisenberg compensator, or just yank the whole fucking thing and put in a new one. Doesn't cost anything, takes less time. Why not?

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    FiziksFiziks Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Yeah I mean really, back up all your music/important files to an external source. Plop in your OS disk, start the install, go watch a movie, come back, and now your computer runs flawlessly.

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    Farout FoolioFarout Foolio Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    My hard drive and install of windows are about six months old, and I use xp, so hopefully it's not a problem with the OS.

    I actually did notice a weird problem when looking at my system specs that I had not noticed before.
    My RAM are all listed as 667's when in fact they are 800's. What's goin' on there? >.>

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    DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    My hard drive and install of windows are about six months old, and I use xp, so hopefully it's not a problem with the OS.

    I actually did notice a weird problem when looking at my system specs that I had not noticed before.
    My RAM are all listed as 667's when in fact they are 800's. What's goin' on there? >.>

    Everything has to be synchronized, so often actual performance isn't what's listed on the part, but whatever the weakest link is.

    Also, your bios settings could be weird.

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