My PC is freezing on games with stuttering FPS and audio, Always restores game with 60FPS after

I was here awhile ago asking about strange freezing I got while playing games which I'll give a quick summary for:

"My PC would stutter while playing games, High or low quality from Minecraft to GTA V, The game would go from a nice 60FPS to 5-10 and stutter for while (Same with the audio), The fans would slow down and then poof it was back to 60FPS, Fans went back up and it stayed smooth till the next freeze, Some games do this more than others but it still happens.
I was told to mod my Motherboard with a ran which I did and the board lost about 2-4.c with that fan on it's heatsink, I cleaned all fans of dust and gave the motherboard heatsink a clean, However even after a full clean and that modded fan installed I still get stutters and overtime they are getting longer and more frequent, I have been wanting to upgrade to Intel but I just need to make doubly sure that it's not a quick fix without buying new gear for an old system"

Right now that is over, My questions., So as of late this issue is getting worse, The same thing happens where the game and audio stutters ingame and if I have YT or something else running with audio that stutters to, Since I did everything I was informed to do and for most it fixes the issue but it hasn't for me is there anything else that could cause it that is noticable of is my Motherboard or some other part just doomed to fail soon ? I've had my HDD's checked by a trusted program online that most seem to suggest and it is saying both drives and as healthy as the day I got them, GPU doesn't crash when the stutters happen, CPU goes to 100% (That's all 8 cores btw) and RAM......Actually i haven't looked but I know it's read out bar for use was maybe 4 out of 16GB use ? About that yeah.

Is there anything anyone can suggest or should I leave this old machine to rest and go get a real upgrade to something with more of a punch and greater reliability ? Here are my specs and the ones I will be getting;

PARTS NOW

MOTHERBOARD: Crosshair V formula-z
CPU: AMD FX 8350 8 core 4.0GHZ
RAM: 16GB 2x4 Corsair and 2x4 hyperX (They are exactly the same in clock speed and all that, Plus they have been in here for about a year without any issues)
PSU: Corsair CS750M
HDD: HHSD 1TB (System) , HDD 250GB (Games)
GPU: MSI geforce afterburner 760 2GB (Yes that is it's exact name, I have the box)
CPU COOLER: Corsair H100i
CASE: CM storm Stryker

PARTS I WILL UPGRADE TO

MOTHERBOARD: ROG VIII Hero
CPU: Intel I7 6700K 4.6 GHZ (Overclocked) 4 core
RAM: 2x8GB Corsair vengence

I'll be keeping the other components as they are.

Any advice or even advice of something a little more powerful in the way of parts for a new build (This upgrade will set me back £660 but it's in my range of 700-800)

Manys thatnks
-Scott
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  1. Sounds like your system is overheating during gamming and throttling back (ie the stuttering your seeing) to keep the computer running... What are your temperatures (Celsius please) like during gamming?

    Also try playing with your case open to the air and see if the problem persists. If it goes away then you have a heat issue due to poor air circulation in your closed case.
  2. peterp01 said:
    Sounds like your system is overheating during gamming and throttling back (ie the stuttering your seeing) to keep the computer running... What are your temperatures (Celsius please) like during gamming?

    Also try playing with your case open to the air and see if the problem persists. If it goes away then you have a heat issue due to poor air circulation in your closed case.


    I've already have the case open on both sides and my temps are:
    GPU: 50-70 In-game , 20-30 IDLE
    CPU: 8-20 idle and a little higher ingame
    Motherboard: 28.c when it's been on for awhile
  3. Hummm.. temps look good to me.

    -do you have any other cards in your PCI-X slots? If so what are they and what slots are they using?
    -check for swollen and or leaking capacitors on your MB.
    -try your video card in one of the other slots
    -remove two of your ram sticks keeping the same brand name in the machine
    -upgrade the MB BIOS to the latest and greatest version and don't forget to load BIOS defaults after the upgrade
    -if you have another power supply swap it out

    Remember to test after each of these steps.
  4. peterp01 said:
    Hummm.. temps look good to me.

    -do you have any other cards in your PCI-X slots? If so what are they and what slots are they using?
    -check for swollen and or leaking capacitors on your MB.
    -try your video card in one of the other slots
    -remove two of your ram sticks keeping the same brand name in the machine
    -upgrade the MB BIOS to the latest and greatest version and don't forget to load BIOS defaults after the upgrade
    -if you have another power supply swap it out

    Remember to test after each of these steps.


    Nothing is using my PCI-X slot but a Wireless card is taking my PCI slow, The really small one.

    From what I can see my capacitors are ok however I can't see under the Heatsink and dare not remove it.

    Video card in another slot stayed the same for stutters

    BIOS are already up to date

    I don't have a spare PSU unfortunatly

    RAM, I will try now
  5. General rule of thumb when you have this type of problem is to take the computer down to its simplest configuration and test. Meaning unplug everything that is not needed to boot the computer. This is done just to rule out that a peripheral is not causing the issue.

    In your case I would also remove the Wireless card from the PCI-X slot too.

    If you have another video card swap that too.

    Beyond what I typed previously and what's said here there is not a whole lot more to do. To me the problem sounds hardware related... It is also possible that you are dealing with a software issue instead of hardware. In order to test that theory you would need to reinstall Windows and your games. If you have a spare HD use that to do a test reinstall of Windows. That way you can just unplug your existing drives as to not affect the data on them. And just plug in your spare HD for the test. Once you've reinstalled and tested if the problem still persists you can simply disconnect the spare drive and hookup your original drives and your good to go. Don't forget to document where each SATA cable goes before you begin with this test.
  6. peterp01 said:
    General rule of thumb when you have this type of problem is to take the computer down to its simplest configuration and test. Meaning unplug everything that is not needed to boot the computer. This is done just to rule out that a peripheral is not causing the issue.

    In your case I would also remove the Wireless card from the PCI-X slot too.

    If you have another video card swap that too.

    Beyond what I typed previously and what's said here there is not a whole lot more to do. To me the problem sounds hardware related... It is also possible that you are dealing with a software issue instead of hardware. In order to test that theory you would need to reinstall Windows and your games. If you have a spare HD use that to do a test reinstall of Windows. That way you can just unplug your existing drives as to not affect the data on them. And just plug in your spare HD for the test. Once you've reinstalled and tested if the problem still persists you can simply disconnect the spare drive and hookup your original drives and your good to go. Don't forget to document where each SATA cable goes before you begin with this test.


    Oh wow that is quite the list.........I think if that is the case then I'll just upgrade this system and then the old parts can go into another case and then I can play with that there instead of my main system
  7. I agree it's easier to troubleshoot these issues with multiple computers. My suspicion is that it's your MB that is causing the issue. Does the stutter problem happen when your not gamming?
  8. peterp01 said:
    I agree it's easier to troubleshoot these issues with multiple computers. My suspicion is that it's your MB that is causing the issue. Does the stutter problem happen when your not gamming?




    Noe, The stuttering is only with games, I Use Cinema4D for animation rendering and I use adobe premier for video editing and those don't make it stutter, I've done stress tests for GPU and CPU that lasted 8 hours each and the PC was happy as larry but if I play a game then BAM stuttering in on or offline games
  9. Do you get better temps with your case closed? The below thread is indicating that poor airflow can cause the VRMs to overheat and throttle back the CPU.

    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php/755834-AMD-FX-8370-quot-Vishera-quot-Unstable-Ghz-Frame-drops-in-games-Thermal-throttling
  10. peterp01 said:
    Do you get better temps with your case closed? The below thread is indicating that poor airflow can cause the VRMs to overheat and throttle back the CPU.

    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php/755834-AMD-FX-8370-quot-Vishera-quot-Unstable-Ghz-Frame-drops-in-games-Thermal-throttling



    I've checked on that, From the test the computer is happier with all the doors on, The CM Storm Stryker case is decent for it's airflow.

    Not sure what else I can say to assist in this
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