I have a problem while playing games on my computer. When I first load them up it is fast and smooth. Then after a while, sometimes 20 minutes, sometimes an hour everything will slow down and become choppy and I will have to reboot my computer for it to return to its usual performance.
Here is an example of what happens while playing World of Warcraft. Note that this happens in all other graphics intensive games as well. When I first log in I get a steady 20-30 FPS. Then after the slowdown (which can happen at any time) it will drop to 10 FPS and below and it will not recover. The only way to get it to run fast again is to reboot.
It is summer at the moment here and I have noticed that it happens more often on a hot day, and also my room can get quite hot.
This is getting really frustrating as I have to constantly reboot my computer as the slow down happens quite often.
I have updated all my drivers and followed all the steps in the sticky for performance issues. I have also cleaned all the dust out of my computer. I even got a memory upgrade and a new video card, but while improving overall performance the problem still persists.
I actually have noticed this problem since I first got this computer before getting the video card and the memory upgrade.
Here are my system specs:
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 ghz
1280 MB RAM
ATI Radeon 9600 PRO 256 MB video card
So, is anyone able to tell me what may be causing this, and if there is any way I can fix it.