Performance is an elusive issue in higher end computers such as yours.
First tho' - Most likely your graphics drivers are a tad bit corrupted, and the following will help to update them:
Download the latest forceware drivers for your OS and video card (according to what I read, these are the most current: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_169.25_whql.html
Uninstall the nVidia stuff from Control Panel...Programs...Uninstall a program.
Uninstall the video card from Device Manager (go to Start and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter)
Reboot and dismiss any "Found New Hardware" dialogs.
Double click on the freshly downloaded drivers and follow the prompts.
In most computers the big 3 performance issues are:
- the hard drive
- the RAM
- the CPU
So, that's the first place to check. Luckily Vista has a number of tools to help with this. The first is Task Manger (right click on the Task Bar and select "Task Manager". Scroll through the tabs to see what's going on inside of your system.
Next, go to Start and type in "compmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Then start looking at this stuff (it's listed in the left hand pane):
- Event Viewer...Windows Logs...both the Application and System logs
- Reliability and Performance...Monitoring Tools...both the Performance and the Reliability monitors
- Device Manager
- Disk Management
- Services and Applications...Services
What are you looking for? Well, that's a bit tougher. What you're looking for is anything out of the ordinary. Scroll through them all and look for stuff that grabs your attention - then we can move on from that.
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