Problem with game performance?

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mistrsam

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Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition build 7600 (64-bit)
CPU Type: AMD Athlon II X4 635
Number of CPUs: 1
Cores per CPU: 4
Hyperthreading: Not capable
Motherboard: GA-785GMT-USB3
Memory: 8GB Corsair DDR3 SDRAM
Videocard: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG HD502HJ (500GB)
PSU: ETASIS ET750 True 750W, Max 850W ATX12V / EPS12V

I know that it's really difficult to identify the problem from this so i'm going to give as much detail possible.

The problem: I experience sudden drops in FPS whenever very sudden action happens in a game. Like maybe in Planetside 2, if I turn really quickly while in a jet the game starts to slow down. Or in Dota 2, the game gets a little choppy whenever a full teamfight starts. I think I recall these games running pretty smoothly a couple months ago.


Information that might help:

-This thing gets unusually hot. It can get to 75C (GPU) and 70C (CPU) during stressful performance. Taking the side panel off or placing the tower in a well ventilated area doesn't seem to really change temperature/performance. Also, I do dust the thing regularly.

-The RAM seems to be unusually slow. I used that Performancetest program and it scored a 1046. It also had very low marks for pretty much all memory functions (reading cached/uncached, writing, latency, "database operations").

-I tried using this program called System Monitor which identifies what is bottlenecking the system performance at any given moment. The HDD almost always comes up as the bottleneck during gameplay and regular use. It's also 80% occupied but completely defragmented and optimized.

-The computer should be clean of all viruses, malware, and spyware.

Thanks for reading and please do ask any other questions.
 

mistrsam

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Oh, almost forgot.

There's another very important characteristic as well. I experience a sort of "jitter" problem when playing these games. There's no choppiness in FPS, but the game literally seems to slows down for an eighth of a second then speed up to re-compensate. It's hardly noticeable in Dota 2, but it makes it look as if my character in PS2 has a slight limp when he runs.
 
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