Thanks for the replies so far.
I have tried using the nvidia control panel to force my system to use it all the time just to test. This did not work (at least according to dxdiag). I tried forcing it to use nvidia for the application of interest (StarCraft II). This did not work either (I tried running the diagnostic while in game). Then I tried disabling the intel graphics. Whoops: I needed safe mode to fix that.
The question about performance: I am only able to play really old games on anything other than low without issues. I don't have too many games, but I can confirm that SC2, Civ5, and Endless Space are all on lowest settings and tend to lag once there are a lot of objects on screen (like mid game in SC--forcing me to rush every time)
My drivers are up to date.
Edit: Add Tropico 4 and BF2142 to the list of games that run on low
Quote: Originally Posted by Ace of Spades
I mean the only thig that wouldnt suck from microsoft is a Vaccum cleaner.