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Old 05-20-2012, 08:14 AM   #1
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Exclamation PC Lag Problem

Hello, i have the following PC configuration for about 1 year:

AMD Athlon x3 450
ATI HD 5670
MB Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2
Sirtec ATX-410-212
Win 7 32 bit Home Premium
Kaspersky antivirus

The problem appeared a couple of months ago, while I was playing Skyrim.
It started to lag pretty badly, even on the lowest settings. I would have understood if it was lagging from the beginning, probably my pc couldn't handle the game, but the strange thing is that it was working just fine before, no lag, constant fps (above 30 on medium settings), now its like 15-20 fps.

I have this problem with all of my other games too, games that worked perfectly before.

I'm pretty jarateed off right now, I've tried dusting my pc, scanning for viruses, updating my Windows, updating my drivers, defragging; I've also tryed replacing my psu with a higher power one, but didn't change anything.

Some symptoms that I thought were important (and weird):

-It keeps randomly restarting/shutting down, either on boot up or when I’m browsing the internet/running a game.

-I’ve tried pulling out the ram stick and putting it back in and for about 5-10 minutes it worked perfectly but then it started to lag again.

-It starts to lag after some time after the install, in the first couple of minutes it works ok but then it lags every time I run it.

-In some games (like every COD game) it only lags in single player, in multiplayer it works great.

-It lags when I'm browsing the internet too.


The temperatures are fine, the graphic card does not pass 60* and my cpu stays at around 40-50* (in game).

I would be very grateful if someone could help me.

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Old 05-20-2012, 08:49 AM   #2
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I would say it was your power supply, either its dieing, not supplying enough power or its overheating if it just started a few months ago.

I would suggest cleaning your computer, get rid of any dust, and make sure all your connectors are properly in.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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did u try resetting the CMOS battery? Last resort would be reformatting the pc.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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check the task manager maybe some programs started in background.free space for HDD.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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Random restarts and rebooting are a sign of a failing PSU. Even though you said you tried a different one, I would still suspect that first.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #6
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Thank you for replying so quickly.
I'm cleaning my PC from dust at least once a month so I don't think it's a dust matter.
I can't see any extra programs running in the task manager. I'll try resetting the CMOS battery and getting a new psu and I'll come back with a feedback.

Also, a thing that I've forgot to mention is that my CPU usage would randomly go up (sometimes even more than 60%), while doing things like browsing the internet or watching a movie.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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Either Powersupply or RAM, but when FPS goes down so much usually means the graphics driver crashed and didnt recover.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:18 PM   #8
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I think your PSU (Power Supply Unit) is starting to die, perhaps the circuits aren't in good condition.

I had the same problem about a half year ago, random shut downs and so forth. It was kind of scary but getting a new PSU fixed it.

Aside from that your RAM could have clusters that have ruined it, the only way to usualy fix this is to get new RAM. RAM usualy isn't expensive and is often the cheapest hardware.

If you're going to get a new PSU i recommend getting a PSU with good quality and enough quanity, it might be a little expensive but it will be worth it.

Another thing i suspect is a dying CPU, nobody here has mentioned it but i do right now.

Also years back i had a problem similar to this, the CPU often lagged unbelivably hard and it was not because of the temperature. Eventualy it started giving me blue screens of death.

I'm guessing that your problem here is the PSU, could be the RAM but PSU seems to have a higher chance in this case.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:38 AM   #9
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Check and make sure all fans running. your CPU overheats, or ram-stick going bad. Maybe?
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:42 AM   #10
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First I thought it's a ram issue too but then I got a new stick (Elixir 1333 4 GB) and nothing has changed.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:00 AM   #11
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First I thought it's a ram issue too but then I got a new stick (Elixir 1333 4 GB) and nothing has changed.
Have you tried it with just the new stick alone?
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:07 AM   #12
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I'm going with the bad psu or bad 24pin atx power connection.
I had a bad atx power connection that caused bsod's, restarts but I could play games but just using the net would bsod/restart power was back feeding through my gpu's while gaming so i was able to game but when the gpu's where idle less power back fed to the motherboard
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:25 AM   #13
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Have you tried it with just the new stick alone?
Yeah I did. Still no difference.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:31 AM   #14
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Have you tried it in more then 1 DIMM slot?

Could be a bad DIMM slot or 1 of the other suggestions.

Could even be your Antivirus messing with something
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:04 AM   #15
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Yes, I did try putting the ram stick in the other slot. In the first couple of minutes it runs a bit better, but still choppy.

A weird thing that I've noticed while playing some single-player games is that Fraps is always showing 30 fps; it never goes bellow 30 but I'm sure it's not running at 30 fps because it's quite choppy.

I think "choppy" is the perfect word to describe my gaming experience for the last months. I mean it's not that "game-breaking" lag that completely ruins your experience but enough to annoy you.
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