I've been working on getting my budget prebuild from newegg up to par for some casual gaming. I'm borrowing my little brothers for the summer and I'd love to have something available for them to blow their time on while they're here (and I'm playing on my main PC in the living room).
I've gotten to the point that I believe I should be good to go, however my load times seem crazy-long (although I may have just been spoiled by main's SSD), but the major problem seems to be that my computer just can't keep up with, what I think is a fairly light amount of work.
When I load up Saints Row: The Third. The cheesy video show casing the purple car and the chrome heli pauses intermittently, the next little video is almost painful; an explosion revealing the ATI logo rather than brief pauses the sound and audio cuts so badly that I'm amazed the game doesn't crash.
Sorry about that, I didn't realize this had posted; I got about half-way through it and I was dealing with another stupid issue (.avi's wouldn't play on Windows Media Player, took forever but I was directed to K-Lite, which seems to be getting the job done).
I've finished the OP (sorry again). Ran Borderlands 2 and had little to no problem with it.
I'm surprised that the AMD-FX4100 is sub-par (I don't know much about computers) as It's the same CPU I have in my main computer and I've never encountered a problem with it.
Just ran Bioshock Infinite and it's flippin' beautiful and surprisingly smooth (both video and game play). At this point I'm confident that the issue had at least a little something to do with Saints Row (somewhat of a relief). I'm not able to pin-point the issue but a few search results have pointed to the motherboard/BIOS. Hopefully this setup will at least suffice for my brothers who normally just game on the 360, although an upgrade is in my computer's future.
While it sounds like a new CPU is in order I'll probably replace the ASROCK N68-VS3 FX motherboard first. Thanks for all of the help guys, you definitely lowered my stress level (as well as my future cash level).
I think your problem actually has to do with Saints Row's CEG DRM, it has issues with the FX CPUs, leading to horrible slowdowns. Try downloading the latest BIOS update for your motherboard and see if that alleviates you problems with that game. Most motherboard vendors should have applied a fix for this in their BIOS by now.