Having serious odd issue with GPU Driver

Hey guys, i've been scouring the internet for ages and I just cannot find the cause nor a solution to this issue.

I'm a gamer, I love games, and I have a PC for gaming. Recently (well, not recently, but this issue has been weirdly on and off), i'm having an issue where all my FPS in games appears to be cut in half. Skyrim, for instance, which normally would run at 60 for me easily, is dropping to 24 to 30 frames per second, and can't climb above that.

Now, the odd thing is if I reinstall my nvidia GPU driver, it fixes the issue..

Until I reboot my computer that is. then, the issue is back and I have to reinstall my driver again if I want to play my games.

I have tried a clean install of the GPU driver, and quite frankly i'm at my wits end with this. I'm not a computer expert by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing i've been able to find online has been able to help me.

I'm running windows 7 64 bit, geforce GTX 970, an i7-4770K CPU, and 16 gb of ram.

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You told me about the GPU driver.

But what about the rest of the PC drivers? I find that the average computer user skips the update to the chipset package or there are other issues they are not aware of.

So the common things I encounter are:
1. The owner has not installed the motherboard chipset driver package.
2. The HDD has high values in 01 and/or 07 of the SMART report.
3. There is some misconfiguration such as the monitor is plugged into the motherboard or other.
4. They ALLOW WINDOWS to select a driver from Microsoft. I have written for years to turn that off when you read a story like yours. I do not write how as it's just a google away.

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I have installed what I understand is the most recent chipset driver package for my motherboard, I'm not sure what you mean by number 2 as, again, i'm not what you would call a computer expert i'm afraid. I can assure you my monitor is plugged into the GPUs output spot, not the motherboards, and i'm not entirely sure what you mean regarding number 4, but I am running the latest GPU driver from nividia that is supported by my GPU, geforce driver 430.86.

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This has been an issue across multiple driver updates for me, unfortunately.

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Then the news is grim.

That could tell us the driver is not the issue but something else.

As I don't see you sharing the item 2 results and you claim no driver works right then the problem is elsewhere where we have yet to cover.

ITEM 1 in detail. I'm running into folk that click on the Update Driver in Windows. Sorry, that's a disaster system. As in broken as a Russion EPS-5 button (also known as the AZ-5 elsewhere.)

ITEM 2. You need to share HDD Smart Values 01 and 07. Otherwise it's still in play.

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Response (why on earth does every response need a title?)

Regarding number 1, the chipset, I assure you I didn't let microsofts auto update choose for me. I went to intels website and tracked down the appropriate chipset (haswell, if you're wondering) and made sure to install it. Same issue after installing that so that doesn't appear to be the cause of the problem.

Regarding item 2, i've got Speccy installed now and am not entirely sure which piece of information you're looking for (again, i'm not super tech savvy in this regard) so instead of going back and forth with me being an idiot and trying to track the cause, i'll take a couple pictures of the results.

My machine has two hard drives, a relatively small SSD as the main one where the OS and everything runs from, and a data hard drive where all my games and such are installed. If I'm not completely incorrect then these pictures should include both of them.

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As to the title.

It's just how this forum works. I've known folk to bail out over this. Your choice.

Now that you can see the Seagate's 01 and 07 values that issue is well discussed and can lead to terrible PC performance to BSODs, hangs, delays. and long debates whether it matters.

Your machine but here these are removed when found since we can't have a PC coming back to service over this.

-> And yes, it can kill framerates.

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When I first got this machine the Seagate was already in it and for years has never been an issue. I'm still a bit curious why reinstalling the GPU driver fixes the issue until the machine is rebooted if its the Seagate causing the issue.

Is it possible perhaps that the GPU itself may have gone faulty in some odd way?

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Because HDD issues can be that way.
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I've got it set so that windows update never installs anything without my say so after a bad update 2 or 3 years back almost destroyed my system, but I'll take the extra steps. Thanks for that, man.

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My concern is not Windows Update.

It's the other update system.

Check out my supplied google search.

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Sometimes folk think I wrote "that's it." I didn't. I noted it's a common cause. You don't know till it's removed and in the case of where you remove the drive then Windows makes you unsure as the drive is missing so Windows goes dumber and dumber as it looks for files on that drive.

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Hate to say it but this is getting to be a bit much for me. I may need to just consider taking it in to a shop to see if they can figure this out (no offence, i'm extremely thankful for you trying to help, but a lot of this is going over my head Silly ) and if that doesn't do the trick I may need to just consider cutting my losses and building a new machine.

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I wish you would try a new good drive.

These mechanical 1TB drives are now about 50ish here and the shop fee is 150 here plus the 50 and some shops will try to fix it and you get to go back many times.

As to it worked when you go it, this make drive is well known in tech circles along with the impacts.

Either way you go, good luck and don't get ripped off. It's about 99% sure it's not the motherboard or PSU so I can write that much.

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Thank you

Thank you for your attempts to help. theres a store I trust to take a look at it (i've used them before regarding laptop issues in the past). If they think its the drive too when its in front of them i'll order one and see if that fixes it, if not, well at least I have a chance to upgrade everything anyway with a new machine. I'll of course respond again if I have any sudden updates.

But first, just in case, I'm going to try uninstalling it from the Seagate and installing it to the main SSD drive, just to see if that fixes the issue. If it does, i'll say to hell with it and pick up a nice 2TB SSD from newegg or something.

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