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Alienware 17 - Low FPS - Overheating?

I have an Alienware 17 (Mid 2103). When I play games for a little while, I start to notice a bad drop in my FPS. I have a cooling system under the laptop. If I turn that up, the problem goes away. Is my system overheating? I am not playing for very long before the problem starts.

I tried running the diagnostics are startup. They ran for a while, and then I got a message that I think said my CPU was too hot. It flashed by to quickly for me to read, and then my computer turned off.

How do I diagnose this problem and fix it? My system is only about 1 year old and shouldn't be doing this. Thanks in advance.

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