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Why isn't my new computer running as well as it should?

by dreewstevens / November 23, 2014 4:25 AM PST

About 2 months ago I built a gaming PC. Spent about $1400 and at first it was great, it ran everything I wanted it to no trouble at all. However, about 2 weeks in it slowed down and all my frame rates dropped for easily reaching cap to struggling to stay at about half of it. It also began to get really loud and heat up a little when I ran the same games as before. I took it the local computer shop and they ran diagnostics and reported back that there were no hardware issues at all, everything passed their tests with flying colors. I'm not too savvy when it comes to software so here I am. I've run scans with several different antivirus programs and cleaned off everything I don't use every couple of days. I've checked my processes and nothing seems out of the ordinary. All I currently have installed is a few Windows 8 apps (Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and Netflix), Steam, and a few games. I'm running on 8.1 and everything is up-to-date. Under the advisement of another forum I have run "sfc /scannow" and "dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth" The second one repaired an issue but did not solve my problem.

Complete specs:
-ASRock Z97 Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
-Intel Core i5 4690K Unlocked Quad Core 3.5GHZ/3.9GHZ Processor
-Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 6Gbps 150/550MB/S 2.5" 7MM SSD
-Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 OC 1040MHZ 4GB 5.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
-Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Memory
-Cooler Master Hyper 212

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Ahh, the R9. Here's something most need to do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2014 4:28 AM PST

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