Why does my computer start lagging while I'm in the middle of a game?
Lately, my computer has been lagging every time i play a game (it would run smoothly when I first open it up, but after a couple of minutes my FPS drops from 60 to a mere 6 or 7) For example, I can play counter strike smoothly for about 10 minutes, then it would lag uncontrollably, making it IMPOSSIBLE to play since it drops to 6 FPS. Restarting the computer fixes the issue, but then it will lag again if i play a game (and only when i play a game. and even when i exit the game, i experience lag throughout the whole computer. browsing through files take forever to load and videos on youtube aren't watchable after this lag comes). I've set all the setting in my games to the lowest possible, as i don't think this should be the problem since my games were running really smoothly before this happened, and this started a couple of days ago out of no where. I haven't had any new software or anything installed. My internet is fine, I have DSL, even tho that shouldn't be the problem.
My CPU specs: (I'm using windows XP)
RAM: 1.37 GB
video card memory: 128 MB
like i said before, all my games ran smoothly before and ever since about 3 days ago, these sudden lag spikes are killing my game experiences... and this doesn't only happen when i play counter strike, this also happens when i play starcraft too..
what might be the problem? and if you guys need any additional information, i can edit this and add additional information if needed. I really need this problem fixed, thanks.