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Old 08-29-2011, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dell XPS 8100
Intel i7 860
Nvidia GeForce GTS 240
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Windows 7 (64 bit)

Every few minutes, usually 5 - 10 minutes, the PC slows down for a few seconds making everything including the mouse lag, and whatever audio to become stretched and distorted for that duration. It started about a week ago but has become more frequent the past few days. Sometimes the PC locks up for a few seconds altogether and the audio distorts and as you can tell, this is pretty annoying. I've tried thoroughly cleaning out the case for dust and using a disk defragger and a full virus scan, ending all the programs that are taking up the most RAM and a last resort using a registry cleaner, but the problem still persists.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Post a screenshot of HWMonitor. You are most likely overheating.
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Just realised I can't save any screenshots. I've tried the snipping tool and printscreen but they won't save anywhere.
If you were wondering the temperatures the GPU is 67c idle, then all 8 cores are around the 45c - 48c mark.
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8 Cores? Sorry, you don't have that many. You would have at most 4 cores.

Is this when you use intensive programs?

Could be malware and/or viruses. Get Malwarebytes. Install it, but restart and go into safe mode to run a scan, so it can catch all programs that usually start at startup.
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I'll try that, thanks for the help.
Oh and nope, that's the average idle temparature unfortunately. It's always been that high anyway even from when I bought it last year, it heats up like ****. Running demanding programs brings it to around 80c.
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Yeah, that isn't good. Did you clean it out recently? The load temps is what we needed. Idle tells us nothing.
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