Programs (Games) slow down after usage

Hello all,

I hope I'm posting in the right forum for this.

I just built a new gaming rig for the first time this week and I'm having trouble keeping my games consistently smooth after a short period of time. Everything runs excellent at first but then things start to stutter (both graphics wise and audio wise) after a half an hour of playtime. I initially thought the problems were isolated with the first few games I've played but it seems like my problem carries on with other games too.

Here are my detailed specs:

Processor: Intel i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz

Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Type A Type C Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard

Installed memory (RAM): 15.9 GB (Kingston HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB SC+ GAMING ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card 06G-P4-4995-KR

OS and applications installed on: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

Game library installed on: WD Blue 1TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm

Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M

Waterpump: Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Some extra things to note:
-According to the Corsair Link software, nothing seems to be overheating. My CPU stays under 30 degrees C. The GPU doesn't go past 60 degrees C.

-I optimize the games to run according to GeForce Experience just so I don't over do things.

- Restarting the computer each time when games start to stutter seems to "fix" the issue (but then it repeats of course). Could it be a memory caching problem or something related to memory storage? I don't want to have to restart every time my games slow down but this seems like the only way to alleviate the problem I'm having.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. It is possible it could be your PSU, its teir 4 and what your describing sounds like a PSU issue. as they psu is used and under load for entended amount of time, your gaming will take longer to load, and will become less and less "Quality". Also you are using that single PSU to power quite a few high end components, its highly recommended that you get a quality PSU to handle everything including your watercooling and that GPU.

    Open resource monitor through task manager and start playing a game, when you start to see it lag/stutter minimize and quickly look at your CPU usage and your RAM usage. what is it at?

    PSU Teir list for reference and guidance
  2. Just from doing a few calculations your Current draw is around 750W not maxing your GPU, leading your instability and problem to your PSU. I recommend a 850w+ PSU from the Teir List I linked earlier.
  3. bailojustin said:
    Just from doing a few calculations your Current draw is around 750W not maxing your GPU, leading your instability and problem to your PSU. I recommend a 850w+ PSU from the Teir List I linked earlier.


    I see. I'll have to look into replacing my PSU. I appreciate the link. I'll read more about it!
  4. Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    Just from doing a few calculations your Current draw is around 750W not maxing your GPU, leading your instability and problem to your PSU. I recommend a 850w+ PSU from the Teir List I linked earlier.


    I see. I'll have to look into replacing my PSU. I appreciate the link. I'll read more about it!


    Just know the longer your computer is on the more power it will demand from the PSU, a PSU that is not a continuous power will give you issues, and you will always see a slow degrade in gameplay and applications as the computer is on longer and the PSU is having to supply close to max its wattage. This is also dangerous as one day it might burnout/catchfire/smoke/fry other PC components. So pay very close attention to it until it is replaced.
  5. bailojustin said:
    Just know the longer your computer is on the more power it will demand from the PSU, a PSU that is not a continuous power will give you issues, and you will always see a slow degrade in gameplay and applications as the computer is on longer and the PSU is having to supply close to max its wattage. This is also dangerous as one day it might burnout/catchfire/smoke/fry other PC components. So pay very close attention to it until it is replaced.


    I thought 750w would be good enough (if not, a little plenty). Nothing is being overclocked and I could have sworn I'm only using up to 550w (650w max if I'm pushing it). The CPU takes up roughly 95w, GPU 250w, and the other components less than those. I'm a little worried that throwing over $150 at this might not solve the issue if things aren't really using that much power.
  6. Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    Just know the longer your computer is on the more power it will demand from the PSU, a PSU that is not a continuous power will give you issues, and you will always see a slow degrade in gameplay and applications as the computer is on longer and the PSU is having to supply close to max its wattage. This is also dangerous as one day it might burnout/catchfire/smoke/fry other PC components. So pay very close attention to it until it is replaced.


    I thought 750w would be good enough (if not, a little plenty). Nothing is being overclocked and I could have sworn I'm only using up to 550w (650w max if I'm pushing it). The CPU takes up roughly 95w, GPU 250w, and the other components less than those. I'm a little worried that throwing over $150 at this might not solve the issue if things aren't really using that much power.


    From the math alone your computer is using 650W+ when running a normal GTX 980 TI, without watercooling.
    with that specific card its recommended to have a PSU rated above 850W. and a 12V rail of 50+ amps.

    If you want to check it out you can try here Power Supply Calculator But the results you get in the end will not be close to the true wattage, it will be significantly lower since you cant change the GPU clocks to what they truly are or add the water cooling.
  7. Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    Just know the longer your computer is on the more power it will demand from the PSU, a PSU that is not a continuous power will give you issues, and you will always see a slow degrade in gameplay and applications as the computer is on longer and the PSU is having to supply close to max its wattage. This is also dangerous as one day it might burnout/catchfire/smoke/fry other PC components. So pay very close attention to it until it is replaced.


    I thought 750w would be good enough (if not, a little plenty). Nothing is being overclocked and I could have sworn I'm only using up to 550w (650w max if I'm pushing it). The CPU takes up roughly 95w, GPU 250w, and the other components less than those. I'm a little worried that throwing over $150 at this might not solve the issue if things aren't really using that much power.


    Also you can have a 1000W PSU and thinks its enough, but if it cant provide steady current/flow and the correct and exact charges to the what requires it then its no good.
  8. Anonymous said:
    Hello all,

    I hope I'm posting in the right forum for this.

    I just built a new gaming rig for the first time this week and I'm having trouble keeping my games consistently smooth after a short period of time. Everything runs excellent at first but then things start to stutter (both graphics wise and audio wise) after a half an hour of playtime. I initially thought the problems were isolated with the first few games I've played but it seems like my problem carries on with other games too.

    Here are my detailed specs:

    Processor: Intel i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz

    Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Type A Type C Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard

    Installed memory (RAM): 15.9 GB (Kingston HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4

    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB SC+ GAMING ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card 06G-P4-4995-KR

    OS and applications installed on: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

    Game library installed on: WD Blue 1TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm

    Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M

    Waterpump: Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    Some extra things to note:
    -According to the Corsair Link software, nothing seems to be overheating. My CPU stays under 30 degrees C. The GPU doesn't go past 60 degrees C.

    -I optimize the games to run according to GeForce Experience just so I don't over do things.

    - Restarting the computer each time when games start to stutter seems to "fix" the issue (but then it repeats of course). Could it be a memory caching problem or something related to memory storage? I don't want to have to restart every time my games slow down but this seems like the only way to alleviate the problem I'm having.

    Thanks in advance!


    Also for refrence, your MOBO consumes around 80-100 watts. the Cooler under load consumes 200w+, the cpu with boost is most likely around 125W, the card is 450W underload, so your computer underload just the main components is 700W+, that is excluding the HHD, SSD, Keyboard, Mouse, headset(If applicable) Wirless adapter, memory, other fans located in the computer, and anything else you plug into your computer.
  9. bailojustin said:
    From the math alone your computer is using 650W+ when running a normal GTX 980 TI, without watercooling.
    with that specific card its recommended to have a PSU rated above 850W. and a 12V rail of 50+ amps.

    If you want to check it out you can try here Power Supply Calculator But the results you get in the end will not be close to the true wattage, it will be significantly lower since you cant change the GPU clocks to what they truly are or add the water cooling.


    I see what you mean. It seems like this PSU was meant for lower end systems according to the math. Sooner or later, I'll have to upgrade this weak link in my build, best to do it now it seems.

    Would >>this<< suffice?
  10. Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    From the math alone your computer is using 650W+ when running a normal GTX 980 TI, without watercooling.
    with that specific card its recommended to have a PSU rated above 850W. and a 12V rail of 50+ amps.

    If you want to check it out you can try here Power Supply Calculator But the results you get in the end will not be close to the true wattage, it will be significantly lower since you cant change the GPU clocks to what they truly are or add the water cooling.


    I see what you mean. It seems like this PSU was meant for lower end systems according to the math. Sooner or later, I'll have to upgrade this weak link in my build, best to do it now it seems.

    Would >>this<< suffice?


    Yes that would Suffice for the time being, Just remember, when it come to computers, the most important component in a build is the PSU!!!! This is what will stay with your PC for years, Never skimp, always go for high rating and enough power for what you need, That PSU will do you MUCH BETTER then your current, its also teir 3, so its not to bad, I would not OC with it. aside from that it would be great for your PC

    When it comes to PC's in my eyes, the strongest link should always be the PSU. Alot of people have many issues and don't realize that the PSU plays the biggest role in a PC. Just keep that in mind. Once you get a new PSU you should be 100% golden.
  11. bailojustin said:
    Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    From the math alone your computer is using 650W+ when running a normal GTX 980 TI, without watercooling.
    with that specific card its recommended to have a PSU rated above 850W. and a 12V rail of 50+ amps.

    If you want to check it out you can try here Power Supply Calculator But the results you get in the end will not be close to the true wattage, it will be significantly lower since you cant change the GPU clocks to what they truly are or add the water cooling.


    I see what you mean. It seems like this PSU was meant for lower end systems according to the math. Sooner or later, I'll have to upgrade this weak link in my build, best to do it now it seems.

    Would >>this<< suffice?


    Yes that would Suffice for the time being, Just remember, when it come to computers, the most important component in a build is the PSU!!!! This is what will stay with your PC for years, Never skimp, always go for high rating and enough power for what you need, That PSU will do you MUCH BETTER then your current, its also teir 3, so its not to bad, I would not OC with it. aside from that it would be great for your PC

    When it comes to PC's in my eyes, the strongest link should always be the PSU. Alot of people have many issues and don't realize that the PSU plays the biggest role in a PC. Just keep that in mind. Once you get a new PSU you should be 100% golden.


    After reading a little more, perhaps >>this one<< would be the best (both cost wise and quality wise)?

    I'll be returning the current PSU for a refund (since its within 30 days of purchase) and going for a new one.
  12. Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    Anonymous said:
    bailojustin said:
    From the math alone your computer is using 650W+ when running a normal GTX 980 TI, without watercooling.
    with that specific card its recommended to have a PSU rated above 850W. and a 12V rail of 50+ amps.

    If you want to check it out you can try here Power Supply Calculator But the results you get in the end will not be close to the true wattage, it will be significantly lower since you cant change the GPU clocks to what they truly are or add the water cooling.



    I see what you mean. It seems like this PSU was meant for lower end systems according to the math. Sooner or later, I'll have to upgrade this weak link in my build, best to do it now it seems.

    Would >>this<< suffice?


    Yes that would Suffice for the time being, Just remember, when it come to computers, the most important component in a build is the PSU!!!! This is what will stay with your PC for years, Never skimp, always go for high rating and enough power for what you need, That PSU will do you MUCH BETTER then your current, its also teir 3, so its not to bad, I would not OC with it. aside from that it would be great for your PC

    When it comes to PC's in my eyes, the strongest link should always be the PSU. Alot of people have many issues and don't realize that the PSU plays the biggest role in a PC. Just keep that in mind. Once you get a new PSU you should be 100% golden.


    After reading a little more, perhaps >>this one<< would be the best (both cost wise and quality wise)?

    I'll be returning the current PSU for a refund (since its within 30 days of purchase) and going for a new one.


    The PSU you linked is an amazing PSU, you will keep that baby for years if you buy it, a very worthy investment. You should notice a huge change in your PC after you install the new PSU
  13. Well I replaced the PSU today but the problem still persists. I won't say it was a waste to try because now everything stays cooler and my system is quieter.

    I have more information to report about the problem though:

    I played Tomb Raider for 30 minutes until the stuttering started to happen. As time went on, the video AND audio stutter worsened. Even my controller inputs were delayed too. In the pause/options menu, things work perfectly and scrolls responsively! Unpause the game and the chaos ensues. The video cutscenes have no stuttering what so ever but during actual gameplay, everything stutters like crazy.

    I closed the game and surfed the web with NO issues. I even watched the new Fallout 4 trailer at 1080p with no issues. I played Alien: Isolation for the first time today a few minutes later and the stuttering was equally terrible to Tomb Raider right off the bat. However, the game menus work perfectly fine too and were responsive.

    To summarize, it seems like actual gameplay is affected after prolong playing and progressively worsens as time goes on. I don't know whats causing it either but I know its relieved once I reset my PC. Is there anything I could run (tests, benchmarks, etc) to pin point the problem for you guys better?
  14. Anonymous said:
    Well I replaced the PSU today but the problem still persists. I won't say it was a waste to try because now everything stays cooler and my system is quieter.

    I have more information to report about the problem though:

    I played Tomb Raider for 30 minutes until the stuttering started to happen. As time went on, the video AND audio stutter worsened. Even my controller inputs were delayed too. In the pause/options menu, things work perfectly and scrolls responsively! Unpause the game and the chaos ensues. The video cutscenes have no stuttering what so ever but during actual gameplay, everything stutters like crazy.

    I closed the game and surfed the web with NO issues. I even watched the new Fallout 4 trailer at 1080p with no issues. I played Alien: Isolation for the first time today a few minutes later and the stuttering was equally terrible to Tomb Raider right off the bat. However, the game menus work perfectly fine too and were responsive.

    To summarize, it seems like actual gameplay is affected after prolong playing and progressively worsens as time goes on. I don't know whats causing it either but I know its relieved once I reset my PC. Is there anything I could run (tests, benchmarks, etc) to pin point the problem for you guys better?


    you can run memtest86, and then download gpu-z and check if its utilizing the 3.0 slot or if its just running in 1.0 or 2.0, it sounds like it might be something going on with your GPU, or your ram, I would test both of them.
  15. Check temps with something else as well. The next works great for me,

    Quote:

    Download hwinfo32,

    http://www.hwinfo.com/download32.html

    You can open hwinfo32,after that open the sensor window by marking sensors only=V,
    after that click run

    Good to check voltages too.

    All motherboard drivers are installed? Chipset first than the rest.

    Maybe reinsatll the gpu drivers as well,wipe with DDU and install the latest WHQL drivers.

    The latest bios is from "2015/10/06" version "1001" maybe you don't have it,install it if not.
  16. Vic 40 said:
    Check temps with something else as well. The next works great for me,

    Quote:

    Download hwinfo32,

    http://www.hwinfo.com/download32.html

    You can open hwinfo32,after that open the sensor window by marking sensors only=V,
    after that click run

    Good to check voltages too.

    All motherboard drivers are installed? Chipset first than the rest.

    Maybe reinsatll the gpu drivers as well,wipe with DDU and install the latest WHQL drivers.

    The latest bios is from "2015/10/06" version "1001" maybe you don't have it,install it if not.


    A clean reinstall of the GPU drivers actually helped (as if I restarted the system). But the problem re-occurred as time went on.

    What am I looking for with voltages?
  17. bailojustin said:
    you can run memtest86, and then download gpu-z and check if its utilizing the 3.0 slot or if its just running in 1.0 or 2.0, it sounds like it might be something going on with your GPU, or your ram, I would test both of them.


    I will definitely run memtest86 overnight (about 10 passes correct?). I downloaded gpu-z and it is indeed utilizing the 3.0 slot.

    Here are some screenshots of the overall GPU specs and the sensor graph during the moments of stuttering. You can see them >>>here<<<

    EDIT: And the HWMonitor measurements >>here<<
  18. Also, while monitoring the GPU during stuttering, the GPU usage dips down to 0% goes up to 8%, down to 0%, up to 20%, etc.
  19. Anonymous said:

    What am I looking for with voltages?

    That the psu voltages,+3.3V/+5V/+12V,are within spec. I trust Hwinfo32 better with those than HWmonitor.No big fluctuations as well,like going from (+12V for instance) 11.6V<->12.4V.
    Best thing would be checking in the bios though,but those voltages are without stress on the system.

    Odd thing that it works well after a reinstall of the drivers,but get's worse after a while like they get corrupted or something.
    Any odd programs that start wih the pc? Maybe disable those and see if that helps.If so enable one by one and see which one is the culprit.
  20. I just found out the problem is correlated to the gamepad's input of commands! Playing with my Xbox One wireless gamepad in the USB 3.0 slot on the front of the chasis contributes to stuttering over time.

    During the stutter period, I randomly used the mouse and keyboard to play and everything was working perfectly! When I moved with the gamepad, the lag contiuned!

    Even when I plug the gamepad into the USB 2.0 slot, its still stutters after a while. Something is amiss here. Perhaps my USB ports need to be re-installed correctly?

    I can't believe this has been part of the issue all this time.
  21. Do you install specific drivers for the gamepad? Or the connector (=wireless) ?
  22. Solved! There seems to have been an issue with the USB drivers. Somehow, the gamepad being plugged in was eating into the GPU. Not even reinstalling the chipsets and drivers worked. I did a clean install of Windows 7 and now everything works normally!
  23. Good to hear you found your solution,though to bad a reinstall was necessary.

    Have fun!
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