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Sudden FPS drops when playing CSS. Thinking I have virus.


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#1 mikec84

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 07:59 PM

I play a few source engine games (Counter_Strike, Garry's Mod, Left for Dead 2, and Team Fortress 2) and within the past few days I've gotten constant fps drops about ever 2 seconds. Watching other players move is like watching gumby. I've always played with the graphics up as high as they go without ever a problem. I've tried dumbing down the graphics, but then I get the same problem with just added eye sore. I get excellent ping. I suspect I have gotten a new spyware or virus on my pc.

A little history: I've posted for help before here with my pc crashing every now and then with the "blue screen of death" message MEMORY_MANAGEMENT or PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA. Ultimately it was figured that my PC was overheating because of excess dust buildup inside. When these crashes happen more frequently, I dust it with compressed air or physically clean the inside. This will supress these crashes for a while until it gets dirty again.

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Here is my current config...

Case: PowerUp AK-18 ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Audio Ports
MPN: TC3J-4503

MOBO: ASUS P5QPL-AM

Processor: Intel Pentium D 830 3.0GHz / 2MB Cache / 800 FSB / OEM / Socket 775 / Dual-Core / Processor
MPN: HH80551PG0802MN

Memory: OCZ Dual Channel XTC 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Gamer Memory (2 x 1024MB)
MPN: OCZ26672048ELGEGXT-K

Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO / 256MB GDDR3 / SLI Ready / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card
MPN: 256-P2-N624-AR

Hard Drive 1: ST3500418AS Connected Via SATA
Hard Drive 2: WDC WD3200JB-00KFA0 Connected Via IDE

DVD Burner: ATAPI iHAS324

Sound and networking are onboard.

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If I can get further insight on the crashes as well, it would be even more appreciated. Let me know what I can do to get some help. Thanks!

Mike

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:41 AM

TIme to get a bigger case. Your case is too small, because your video card gets plenty hot, your other components add heat, and your processor is a heater as well.

I would highly recommend a full tower case.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:26 AM

Thats the first time anyone has suggested that, and I never thought of that either. I certainly will get a bigger case then :huh:

As far as the virus or spyware i suspect goes... I forgot to mention i have Avira Free, AVG Free, Zone Alarm Free, Ad-Aware, Spybot, and Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware. I ran all of these before posting here for help and only had some browser entries that Spybot detected.

Edited by elise025, 29 September 2010 - 09:36 AM.
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