First, I'd like to say that I'm new to the forums. I thought it'd be wise to get the opinions of some other knowledgable people before I start guessing at what the problem could be.
Second, I'd like to add that I built my computer myself, and I have had no issues with it before now. Also, I'm very tech-saavy, so feel free to use computer jargon if you feel it'll help express what you want to say
Asus P5E3 WS Pro
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 2.66GHz
BFG Tech Nvidia Geforce 9800 GTX @ 512MB
Corsair 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM (PC3 10600) Dual Channel (2 x 1GB)
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
LG Blu-Ray/HD DVD-Rom & 16X DVD Burner
I just had my computer shipped to my new address along with my monitor. When it arrived, my heatsink had, at some point, become dislodged from the MB. Keep that in mind, because it could be the cause of the problems I'm about to list since it may have been slung around and crashed into something. (I reapplied a fresh layer of silver-based thermal compound on the heatsink/processor before reassembling it).
First: My computer does not show the color red. Any red defaults to either black or a dark brown-ish color. This fault occurs regardless of the program: web pages, movies, photographs, etc...
Second: My computer is becoming increasingly slow day-by-day. Everytime I open a webpage, my computer begins to open the page as normal, then it freezes for 4-5 seconds, then resumes its normal pace before reverting to the freeze cycle again. This same thing happens even when typing on, oh say, Facebook. The text will begin typing as normal, then freeze for 4-5 seconds, then catch back up with itself quickly and show everything you typed while it was frozen (it did it while I was typing this message in the beginning, but I haven't had a problem with it oddly enough after the first 30 seconds). Another example is checking my email (Google Mail). When trying to archive or delete an email, my computer freezes for a stupid period of time before it finally obeys the command.
In addition, when playing video games, my frame rate takes a huge nose-dive at certain spots where a lot of enemies or action is taking place simultaneosly. For example, Bioshock (a shooter) will run smoothly when only one enemy is on screen or I'm not in graphically intensive area. However, when 2-3 enemies get on screen with some water splashing in the background, my frame rate face-plants. Before my current problems, I could run graphically intense games such as Fallout 3 on full settings without a hiccup. I shiver at even trying to attempt Fallout 3 right now with the way my system is acting.
I have a couple ideas on what could be causing the problem. My first instinct is to say that I have faulty memory. The fact that my computer has to chug and think over every action I do points toward that direction, as well as the frame rate drops in my video games. However, the fact that I have no color red makes me believe it could be a graphics card problem, although I'm not sure how a graphics card could be causing the freezes in something as simple as loading a webpage or typing a sentence on Facebook. Or maybe it's the processor? I'm not specifically sure how a damaged processor would affect my computer cause I've never experienced a damaged processor.
I'd appreciate any ideas or suggestions on my computer issues. I'd love some good feedback before I have to revert to drawing straws and buying new parts hoping that that part is the problem