Hey, thanks for reading and I'm sorry if I'm posting in the wrong place.
I bought an Alienware M14x sometime in 2011 if I remember correctly. I am running Windows 7 home premium. When I bought the computer I ticked nearly all of the upgrade boxes for a higher powered video card, more RAM, etc. and if this sounds like I'm a computer peasant it's because I am. When I first got the computer it was incredibly slow right out the gates. At the time I remember crisis was one of the metrics of computer performance and it was supposed to be able to run it on high settings. It could barely run World of Warcraft on low settings without chugging along at several frames per second. Nowadays I can barely run quadrilateral cowboy. Most recently I can barely watch youtube videos without it freezing every few seconds and the recovering sometimes causing my external audio interface to stop working and then I have to unplug it and plug it back in. This computer has been a b**** and a half, from the fan spinning on the highest speed constantly out the box, to it's total lackluster performance in every aspect.
When I first got the computer I had some problems and I think I may have done a fresh install of windows, memory is not the best. I have always wondered if the drivers that were installed during this re-initializing of the system were not optimal. I'm not sure.. the computer has fought me on everything I have ever tried to use it for. Fortunately Im not really all that into gaming, I make music and I was able to run ableton for a while but then I started maxing out the CPU meter constantly. I turned my sample rate down in the program and that helped a bit but it isn't ideal. I know it sounds like I don't know anything about computers and I've probably done quite a number on it but honestly I run a pretty tight ship I think. I am careful about software I use, I have familiarized myself with WinDirStat and used it to understand everything I have on my computer and make sure it is organized efficiently etc.
I know this doesn't really pose a question so here it is..
...can someone help me figure out why a computer that was advertised as a gaming rig can't run quad cowboy without audio dropouts and video freezes and the fan screaming away from under the hood?
Thanks and I'm sorry for this total sh**post I just need help an I'm completely at the end of my patience with this thing.