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Computer has lag spikes every few minutes.

by JamesMc19 / October 12, 2016 3:15 PM PDT

I've been recently having problems with not only my fps in game but lag on my system in general. Every few minutes there seems to be a spike of lag, in game i notice it on my FPS reader. It goes from 60 to around 20 for a second then goes back to normal.

I've noticed that this happens when just using the computer normally as well, it's easier to tell when watching videos as the video lags for a second and is then normal.

I dont think this is a GPU issue but im not sure what else it could be. I've been thinking that maybe it could be a throttling cpu, bad RAM or a HDD problem but im not entirely sure.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

CPU: AMD fx 6300
OS: Windows 10
HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive 3.5" SATA III - ST1000DM003
RAM: Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
GPU: Radeon R9 270x

If anything else is needed please ask.

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There are some red flags on that gear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2016 4:58 PM PDT

1. It's an AMD. Legendary efforts to fix those after they are a few years old. Don't take this as a diagnosis but they tend to do that as they age. New motherboard too often.
2. You have a Seagate. Can be the source, you can't rely on Seagate testing to sniff it out. I have to clone the drive and use the clone to tell for now.
3. The R9 270x may need new heatsink compound.

4. I never found you resolving the issue at

In fact that issue could have burned up some parts.

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More information
by JamesMc19 / October 12, 2016 5:35 PM PDT

I was thinking that maybe some of those parts could be the issue but they seem to have been working well just before the issue started, around the same time was the other issue with the fan (also i haven't managed to fix that, i think i'm going to be buying a new fan as a last resort).

I think im going to try increasing fan speed for the lag issues though as i think the most likely issue is a throttling cpu.

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Running with bad fans?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2016 5:46 PM PDT
In reply to: More information

That's not a good thing. The Seagate issue haunts folk. They don't believe it till you demo it. And to make matters more fun, diagnostics pass.

You seem stuck. Not moving, not fixing things. My guess is you want it to be a software issue.

If it was, a fresh install would clear this right up.

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by JamesMc19 / October 12, 2016 5:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Running with bad fans?

How would you suggest i proceed?

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Read the two discussions
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2016 6:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Fixing

And then decide. I've seen such discussions before and folk are in some lockup state where they discuss the problem machine for a long time. Then they post again, failing to mention the prior discussion and then omit a key detail. It rarely goes well.

I wish folk would just write "tell me what to do" but that's not clear in this case. That is, you have the usual machine that has troubles after a few years. My advice is to replace the cheap parts first. If you feel it's unacceptable to replace a suspect part then take it to a shop for repair. Here that's as much as a new PC. But I understand that folk won't replace a part because you can't prove it's bad without swapping it out.

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