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Games running a little sluggish?


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#1 Sogin

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:00 PM

I have a DeLL XPS series machine. i7 3.4 ghz 8 core processor, Nvidia Geforce GTX 645 videocard. 8 gigs of ram. And Windows 7 64 bit OS. My Computer has been lagging even when playing games like The Sims 3...It should be able to destroy this game, yet it can play Max Payne 3 with little to no flaw. I've also noticed some skipping while playing Rift. I've noticed when I set my Computer into High Performance mode The Sims 3 will run better, but I'm concerned about the damage this does to the machine? My Computer is in my Attic with a Woodstove so it can sometimes get hot up here.. I was curious if anybody had any ideas?


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 01:48 AM

High Performance mode on a Laptop does not necessarily make the machine any more susceptible to damage.  It simply increases power drain, decreasing the amount of time you can remain on battery before requiring a recharge.

 

As for why your games seem to be sluggish, there are a myriad of causes that range from a dirty computer, insufficient drive capacity, running too many additional applications, or other issues.

 

Note on "dirty computer" above:  Cleaning a laptop is a good bit trickier for the inexperienced than cleaning a desktop.  While there are many guides available on the internet that will show you how to disassemble your laptop, I would suggest that you seek professional assistance in cleaning your laptop if you choose to take that route.

 

Additionally, you might want to rethink keeping your computer in an area with a high heat level.  The computer will take some steps to prevent overheating such as operating at a lower performance level (which is another possible reason for slowdown. . . but over time simple exposure to high heat will cause many components do become more susceptible to failure.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:08 AM

Well, it is not often that hot, just now and then it gets a little hot. Also, this is not a Laptop but a Desktop. It is not dirty for I blow my Machines out every 6 months, in this case I just blew it out not even a week ago. My harddrive is a TB. And I have not even filled half of it. I cannot really move the Computer, it's up here because of lack of room. =P But, thanks for that warning.  That will also not explain why Max Payne 3 which is more of a resource hog than The Sims 3 will play, but The Sims 3 acts stupid.


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