Hi Everyone. I recently purchased a new computer (which I built myself) and installed WinXp SP2. I installed all the latest drivers for my computer and an up-to-date anti-virus. The specs of my computer are as follows.
Corsair 6400C4 DDR2 800MHz/PC2 6400 x 2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ AM2 3.0GHz
Asustek AM2 nForce 590
MSI GeForce 8600GTS 256MB GDDR3 PCIE
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 80GB
Keyboard: Microsoft Wired Media Keyboard
Mouse: Razer Diamondback 1600
The problem I am having is that when playing games I am getting a freeze every 5 Seconds. When the freeze occurs the computer will not accept any keyboard input for about a quarter of a second then the screen will suddenly jump. Then everything will go back to normal and then EXACTLY 5 seconds later I get the same problem again.
I presumed it could be because the resources of the game were too high for my system specs (was playing world of warcraft on full graphics settings) so I decided to test out a web-based flash game and had exactly the same problem.
I have also observed the freeze whilst watching the clock, and it will freeze every 5 seconds exactly. I thought that it could be a problem with the graphics card (I always have problems with them
) so I sent my old graphics card back and recieved a new one (and a different model) with exactly the same problem.
I also suspected that it could be any programs/services I have installed, so I disabled all non-essential programs/services and still recieved exactly the same problem. I have also noticed that the freeze DOES NOT occur whilst watching videos in a media player, or on the web (eg. Youtube).
Unfortunately I have no spare parts in order to test individual components, but due to the precise nature of the freeze, I am suspecting that it is a software problem rather than a hardware fault.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advanced.