I am new to the community so if I am posting in the wrong place please let me know and I will delete/move my post.
A few years ago I (stupidly) bought an alienware M14x. When it came I immediately had problems with it. The alienFX wasn't working properly and that was a bit of a bummer but much more importantly the computer would not run games or programs anywhere close to the smoothness it should be able to. I wrestled with Dell tech support but they essentially insisted that nothing was wrong with the computer and offered to have me send it in but said I would have to pay for the repairs and after reading horror stories about computers coming back scratched and damaged to heck I decided to just live with the problems. At some point early on I reinstalled windows 7 and all of the drivers at the recommendation of research I had done about it. This didn't seem to make it worse or better. Along the way I have had problems with overheating. World of Warcraft will run but with very low framerate, and trying to run games like team fortress two I get about 15 seconds into a round before overheating and powering down instantly.
More recently I have started having many more problems with the computer. I make music using ableton live and if I'm working on a piece that has more than a few tracks with more than a few devices in each lane sometimes the CPU meter will jump up to 100% and audio playback becomes a horrible grinding sound. It has gotten worse and now I can really only work on music for a half an hour at a time before it starts to crumble. Music creation is my primary use for this computer. Then a few days ago I started having popping of audio when watching youtube videos and I basically can't even watch youtube anymore without constant stuttering. I use an NI Audio 2 DJ as my soundcard because of the music making.
I'll be the first to admit I am not the best with computers. I think someone more savvy would have told me right from the start this was not a good purchase but I was young and naive and I thought having high powered components on a computer that is advertised as being able to play some of the most intensive games of it's time at full settings would perform really well for everything I might want to use it for.
Any way you can help me figure out how to improve my situation here would be really freaking awesome as I'm at a loss for what to do and I feel like I totally got burned.
Thanks for reading,
Edited by hamluis, 08 September 2014 - 05:15 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.