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My laptop isn't using its full processing power?

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I have an Acer Aspire laptop, and I enjoy playing old games. I play Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Counter-Strike, etc. However, even on a very recent laptop, the games lag a noticeable amount. Nothing I can't ignore on most games, on Half-Life 2 it's only slight. Team Fortress 2, though, is almost unplayable. When I go to the System Requirements Lab website, their "Can you Run It" tool tells me my laptop greatly exceeds the recommended specs required to play, yet I still get lag on medium graphics. This wouldn't bother me if it weren't for the fact that my brother has a Dell laptop with specs that are equal or lower to my laptop on all accounts, but his laptop plays every one of these games on medium to high graphics perfectly, with absolutely no lag. I use Game Booster, but it doesn't seem to help very much. I always make sure unnecessary programs are closed when playing, only so much as Avast antivirus running in the background. Why is my laptop not running these games as well?

Specs for my laptop:
Processor--Pentium Dual-Core CPU T4500 2.3GHz
RAM--4 GB
System Type--64-bit Windows 7
Shared Video RAM--1.7 GB
Dedicated Video RAM--64 MB
All drivers up to date
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Specs for brother's Dell
Processor--Intel Pentium CPU P6200 2.13 GHz
RAM--3 GB
System Type--64-bit Windows 7
Shared Video RAM--1.2 GB
Dedicated Video RAM--64 MB
All drivers up to date
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Sounds like a power saving option might be enabled to improve battery life.
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Intel 80GB G2- OCZ 60GB- 1TB Asus BD combo Megashadow Deluxe Edition  Win7 
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