I've been using my Dell Inspiron 3537 for a while now, and every single game I have played so far I was forced to switch to windowed mode, or suffer immense performance drop (literally down to 1 fps). Lowering display settings either in-game or through CCC does not make any difference. Some time ago, I have tried updating the drivers and CCC itself - this caused the Intel HD Graphics integrated GPU as well as the dedicated Radeon 8550 to fail miserably, which resulted in some blue screens and made me restore my system from an earlier backup. This is probably because of the current drivers package being strictly designed for my hardware.
Some details about my laptop:
Windows 8.1 (version 6.3.9600) 64 bit
Intel Core i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz, 2401 MHz, Cores: 2, Logical (?) processors: 4.
Installed memory: 8 GB RAM
BIOS version/date: Dell Inc. A06, 2013-09-27
SMBIOS version: 2.7
Motherboard manufacturer: Dell Inc. (could not find more info on it)
Dedicated Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 8850M 2048 MB GDDR5 (0x6823)
Driver version: 126.96.36.199
BIOS version: 015.032.000.004 (2013/05/13)
Integrated Graphics: Intel HD Graphics Family 2GB
Driver version: 10.18.10.3277
CCC version: 2013.1206.1603.28764
PS: I have just realised that Catalyst Control Center is somewhat dependant on Microsoft.NET. Could this be in any way related to my problem?