I'm running a mid range rig that I built about two years ago, and its been running slower than it should be.
I mostly notice problems when I'm streaming videos and playing just about any game. There's sound and video stuttering. Low frame-rates and overall acting much worse than the day I built it. I'm considering doing a reformat and seeing if that helps, but I want to know if anyone might now what's wrong or how to fix it up?
AMD Athlon II x4 640 3.0 GHz
8gb of Ram
Nvida GTX 460 running latest stable drivers
@t1mpl4r: Cleaned any of the heatsinks within the last year? and have done and hard disk integrity checks?
@t1mpl4r: Do some basic maintenance first, if you haven't already. Disk check, defragment, etc. You might also take a look at your services (Run, services.msc) to see if there's anything running that shouldn't be or that you don't need. I'd recommend researching or at least reading the description before you turn anything off, but most likely you'll be fine. While you're at it, go into your boot up config (Run, msconfig) and see if there's anything in your start-up cycle that shouldn't be. Check your Start Up folder in your start menu as well, and finally go over the processes that are currently running in your task manager. This should cover everything that would be slowing your machine down from a software perspective.
Also, dust your computer. That thing's filthy. I know mine is.
Thanks for the advice! I think I think I just really need to clean my beast out, if you know what I mean. I'll report back to after I'm done.
It's a pc? I have an 11 year old iMac still runs faster with photoshop on than a 2 year pc laptop with 8x more ram ... Just saying
I highly doubt that, and it's a pointless comparison because they would have to be completely different versions of the software. We generally don't take too kindly to these kinds of comments here, we want to be helpful.
OP, definitely try cleaning it out and go from there.
I'm sorry nickb64 I thought people here would have a sense of humour, it was meant in fun.
Honestly, you should probably just back up your personal files, make sure you have all your product keys, and nuke the windows install from orbit (and start over fresh). Alternatively, start off with CCleaner, a good defrag, and run some scans from Malwarebytes Anti-malware and MSE.