I'm sure this is a stupid question one way or another but is it possible cleaning dust out my computer could increase my FPS in GW2 and Elder Scrolls Online? (And possibly other things but I don't pay attention to it for other programs.)
Yesterday I finally got around to dismantling my computer and cleaning it properly for the first time in months. I didn't take everything apart but I did remove and clean all the fans and the filters on the intake fans and as much dust as I could get to on and around the motherboard and the graphics card. I also removed the heat sink on the CPU, cleaned it, applied new heat gel and I think I got it to clip onto the motherboard more securely than it was before (the holes are slightly too small for the clips so it's a pain to get in, or out, but I really wanted to make sure I did it properly.
The first improvement I noticed was entirely expected - both the CPU and the graphics card (the two components my computer tells me about) were reporting much lower running temperatures both when idle and when I'm playing games. The second was a bit of a surprise - my FPS has jumped up.
A couple of months ago, after a big Windows update, my FPS dropped from about 70-40 (depending on what I'm doing) to about 40-1,and I'm pretty sure sometimes when it was reporting 1 FPS it was just because it couldn't show smaller numbers. I found a whole bunch of pointless things the update had installed or activated in Windows 10 and disabled or uninstalled them, which helped, but it didn't get back to what it was. I've been trying other things on and off to fix it but nothing helped. Then yesterday after the cleaning it was back where it used to be.
Is it possible that my computer was running slowly to try and cope with the heat (as well as the dust issue the UK has been 'enjoying' a heat wave for the last few weeks and like most people in this country I don't have air conditioning so the ambient temperature is about 30 Celsius) and that was limiting my FPS?
"You can run like a river, Till you end up in the sea,
And you run till night is black, And keep on going in your dreams,
And you know all the long while, It's the journey that you seek,
It's the miles of moving forward, With the wind beneath your wings."