Alienware m11x High Ram Usage on Idle

Hello! This is my first forum post here so I hope I'm doing this right

I have a m11x r3 and noticed lately that it's using a ton of ram on idle all the while getting very hot. I've replaced the cooling paste on the cpu and gpu to no avail. I'll post a screenshot of my idle processes and such. I hope someone could help me! It gets real annoying when in games my ram peaks. Oh it has 6GB of it as well!

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In games the ram should peak!

And Windows should use all ram even for a trivial one.

As this is all you supplied for details I can only comment that Windows does use all available RAM because unused ram is wasted ram. That's been discussed before so why repeat it?

Let's get more details. Maybe a HIJACKTHIS log?

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Thank you for the response! I actually found out what was causing my high ram usage, which was I had a couple different background programs open that weren't showing in the bottom tray.

This leads me to my next issue. My computer gets up to 80 deg C* whenever I play any game and starts to lag. In games it takes only around 5 minutes before the fps goes from a solid 50 to a low 20-10 fps. Like I mentioned before I have re-pasted my cpu and gpu. The one thing I notice is that my fan isn't spinning as fast as it used to. I read this could be a bad BIOS or something... Not really sure.

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Time for a new fan?

Here I always put my laptops on cooling pads. Many don't and well, heat takes it toll.

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I have it on a big cooler fan which is strange

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Last idea.

I wonder if any overclocking app is in play. After that, it gets grim. New boards...

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No overclocking used here >-> I don't like risking breaking my stoof

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I'm unsure how to edit posts but here we go.

I should have added this into the explanation but when I get laggy fps, I tab out of the application then go back into it which fixes all the fps lag I'm experiencing. Is it an overflow?

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Or it's a driver issue.

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