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Performance significantly dropped

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January 30, 2010 4:49:29 AM

I had my computer running and i tried to turn on a red cathode light installed in the case because i noticed it was off. Unfortunately, the metal panel in the bath that harbored the on/off switch was loose. Then I, like an idiot, attempted to put it back on without turning off the computer. The metal panel proceeded to touch the motherboard causing a complete system restart. Now, whenever I try to play a game I have a significant drop in FPS and ridiculously long load times that were previously short. However, there are no weird discolorations or lines that appear when I play. Any thoughts on the problem? Do you think it's a gpu problem? Or would it be the ram/something else?

Also note that the performance issues came directly after the restart (I was playing AoC without any problems before, but after the incident I have had framerate issues.)

For reference,

Specs:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive
CORSAIR 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
a c 189 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 7:28:23 AM

Well, be careful next time... :) 
Only performance drop or anything else? like crash? BSOD?
U can try your card on another computer to make sure whether the card is broke or not.
And also try your ram each one by one...
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