I've got a few problems...
I'm currently playing STALKER: CoP and my rig's performance is really strange. I'm running the game on Static Lighting/medium settings @ 1024x768 and I'm sometimes getting quite a large fps fluctuation. Some times it can be playable quite nicely, but sometimes, it's just utter lag. I'm thinking my CPU is the thing that's making it quite laggy, but I've played the previous games(STALKER: ShoC and STALKER: CS) where game ran silky smooth on Static Lighting.
Well, but that's not the case I'm getting some abnormal performance on desktop as well. I'm playing some mp3 files and they sometimes stutter. 720p video is stuttering as well(this should be processed by GPU, not CPU, right?). Just plain crappy performance. Top of the crown was, when I alt+tab'ed out of the game and got a BSOD.
If you guys noticed, than I made a thread before, where I asked advice on how to clone an HDD. Well, with the old IDE drive it was better, but it was also kinda laggy. I'm thinkin' that's the issue, since I didn't do a full fresh install of Windows. I just cloned it.
Few other facts about my rig... I've actually oc'd my CPU a bit(around 240mhz) on stock volts and stock cooler. It's been running like this for like a 2.5 years or so, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe more, maybe less, not sure. Also, my PSU is around 2 years old, same as my graphics card.
So. Could it be that one or more of those components is failing? Any ideas guys? Any means to locate my problem? Would a fresh install of Windows make it work normally?
BTW, I'm using latest nVidia's drivers, my memory sticks aren't the same, one's a 2GB 533mhz, the other is 512MB 667mhz, if I'm not mistaken, though I didn't really have any issues like this, before the whole HDD swapping thing.
*wooh* This post has gotten a bit longer, than I expected
So, any help would be appreciated