Over the past month I have noticed that my overall computer performance has plummeted. I play a fair amount of video games and have owned this computer for approximately 3 years or so (Yes I know it is approaching the end of its days and plan on buying a new system this summer). It first started with FPS loss in games of moderate graphical intensity ( I would rate the games between 6 and 8 on a scale from 1-10 of how intense their graphics were). It has since progressed to the entire system slowing down during a game, I say it is the entire system since it now included the graphical slow down for approximately 30 seconds like before and I have begun to notice that the sound of the game gets choppy and tin-ey when the game slows down.
I have tried re-installing my drivers and updating them as well as set my NVIDIA driver to the primary driver via the NVIDIA Control Panel. I have not noticed these issues when I am not playing games (IE browsing the Internet).
My system has the following specs:
- Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
- 6GM DDR3 RAM
- 750GB HHD
Any Ideas of what might be causing this or any diagnostic tests I should perform to help root out the problem?