My friend is having a bit of PC trouble and I am hoping for some advice. He had bought an alienware PC, (I know, his first mistake), a year ago and it's been giving him a lot of trouble lately. One of the first problems was his GPU. His PC came with an ATI Radeon HD 5700 series that wouldn't display windows properly on his monitor. At the highest resolution it was letter boxed. After fumbling around in Cataylst Control center I finally got to the menu option that would fix this and it wouldn't work. I think I have to reinstall CCC for his PC to get it to work properly but any advice for that would be great.
His next problem is the most severe. His PC is suffering from massive slowdowns. He uses it primarily for video editing and rendering animations which are GPU intensive but apparently his CPU is the one causing his PC to slow down. While it is an alienware I believe his PC was built with the latest and greatest stuff at the time so I don't understand why it would slow down so severly. I have a couple of questions before I attempt to fix it.
1. Do you know of any free programs I can use to properly stress test the CPU and GPU to see if either is the problem?
2. Do you think reinstalling Windows can help. He reinstalled windows a couple of months ago and I'm wondering if that might do the trick. Any advice would be helpful