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Cpu keeps jumping up to 100% while gaming

I've just now noticed this, so far it's happened with the Sims 3 alot... Built the computer last February without playing a game cpu is around 17 and then while playing the Sims around 30 then out of no where jumps to 100 and crashes the game or whole system to where I have to a hard shutdown or it tells me something happened and I have to restart my system.

So far last time I tried to play the Sims I played 3 minutes not including the loading untill it crashed my whole system. Does anyone know what this could be
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  1. are you running a lot of add's on with it, and how much RAM. The Sims love RAM especially when you start using lots of addon packs.
  2. i did just buy a new add on but i have 16gb ram and 2gb on my graphics card
  3. anyone have an idea?
  4. cloudxblue said:
    anyone have an idea?



    I have had this kind of problem before, i play SWTOR alot and it use to crash my cpu at 100% and cause freezing.
    I found the solution was that i had a lot of background processes going on, all i did was this:
    Hold windows key = R, type in "msconfig" and hit enter, go to the startup tab on the window that opens, and uncheck any boxes that you dont want to start when your computer boots up. For my case, i stopped itunes, hamachi, geforce experience and some other stuff... After that you should have pretty much no background programs running when you startup, give this a try?
  5. ive tried that, for instance right now i just turned the computer one and my cpu percentage jumped around form 1% to 9% sims 3 while playing is like 40 and then out of no where jumps to 100 only a few minutes in
  6. cloudxblue said:
    ive tried that, for instance right now i just turned the computer one and my cpu percentage jumped around form 1% to 9% sims 3 while playing is like 40 and then out of no where jumps to 100 only a few minutes in


    Okay, so is this happening with just the sims game? Try a different game and if the same thing happens let me know.
  7. played the rest of a mission on crysis 3 and the highest it got was 78
  8. cloudxblue said:
    played the rest of a mission on crysis 3 and the highest it got was 78


    78% of your cpu?
    Please post system specs?
  9. Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    played the rest of a mission on crysis 3 and the highest it got was 78


    78% of your cpu?
    Please post system specs?


    i5 3570k
    16gb ram
    64 bit windows 8.1
    gtx 660 2gb
  10. tried the sims again and it already crashed...
  11. Best answer
    cloudxblue said:
    Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    played the rest of a mission on crysis 3 and the highest it got was 78


    78% of your cpu?
    Please post system specs?


    i5 3570k
    16gb ram
    64 bit windows 8.1
    gtx 660 2gb


    Those are nice specs, but im sure the sims shouldnt be maxing your cpu usage.
    Is the sims the only thing that is maxing your usage?
    To be honest, im not an expert so i can only give you so many answers.
    1. Run other programs and track their usage (to see if we can rule out that it is just the sims)
    2. Download HWmonitor and check your temp while on the sims
    3. When you said before "it tells me something happened and I have to restart my system" What exactly does it say?
    4. When EXACTLY did this start happening?
  12. accidently picked solved but thanks i built it last year and ive been trying a few games im just hoping its with steam because a few people are having this problem so im downloading it on origin to see if that solves it hopefully, also about the cpu usage i can track thru my keyboard it shows the cpu and ram also how hot it is, which will never over heat since i have 8 fans in my computer
  13. Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    played the rest of a mission on crysis 3 and the highest it got was 78


    78% of your cpu?
    Please post system specs?


    i5 3570k
    16gb ram
    64 bit windows 8.1
    gtx 660 2gb


    Those are nice specs, but im sure the sims shouldnt be maxing your cpu usage.
    Is the sims the only thing that is maxing your usage?
    To be honest, im not an expert so i can only give you so many answers.
    1. Run other programs and track their usage (to see if we can rule out that it is just the sims)
    2. Download HWmonitor and check your temp while on the sims
    3. When you said before "it tells me something happened and I have to restart my system" What exactly does it say?
    4. When EXACTLY did this start happening?


    also this just started today but then again i havent played the sims in a couple months but since i seen a sale i decided to play and the first time i played today i was able to play to like 2 hours before it started happening.

    and also it froze earlier and then went to a black screen, i tried to win D it but nothing happened then a sad face came out and said something unexpected happened and it was gonna restart my system.
  14. cloudxblue said:
    accidently picked solved but thanks i built it last year and ive been trying a few games im just hoping its with steam because a few people are having this problem so im downloading it on origin to see if that solves it hopefully, also about the cpu usage i can track thru my keyboard it shows the cpu and ram also how hot it is, which will never over heat since i have 8 fans in my computer


    No problem, i dont mind being your accidental solution :)

    Steam.... is one of the programs i stay away from after having troubles with it in the past.
    Origin is a lot better (i think). Perhaps the solution could be as simple as that, we hope.
    But let us know how it turns out! Good luck!
  15. cloudxblue said:
    Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    played the rest of a mission on crysis 3 and the highest it got was 78


    78% of your cpu?
    Please post system specs?


    i5 3570k
    16gb ram
    64 bit windows 8.1
    gtx 660 2gb


    Those are nice specs, but im sure the sims shouldnt be maxing your cpu usage.
    Is the sims the only thing that is maxing your usage?
    To be honest, im not an expert so i can only give you so many answers.
    1. Run other programs and track their usage (to see if we can rule out that it is just the sims)
    2. Download HWmonitor and check your temp while on the sims
    3. When you said before "it tells me something happened and I have to restart my system" What exactly does it say?
    4. When EXACTLY did this start happening?


    also this just started today but then again i havent played the sims in a couple months but since i seen a sale i decided to play and the first time i played today i was able to play to like 2 hours before it started happening.

    and also it froze earlier and then went to a black screen, i tried to win D it but nothing happened then a sad face came out and said something unexpected happened and it was gonna restart my system.


    Sounds like steam crashing... My advice? Get rid, their are better programs out there!
  16. get rid of what, nvm didnt see the message before and i wish i could but most of my friends dont use origin but im starting to not care anymore as long as it works
  17. cloudxblue said:
    get rid of what


    Steam. Sorry if i confused you their, now i must retire to bed as its 04:23am here!

    Again, Good luck!
  18. Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    get rid of what


    Steam. Sorry if i confused you their, now i must retire to bed as its 04:23am here!

    Again, Good luck!



    oh wow lol alright well hopefully it works ill check tomorrow i just hope my saves can carry over because i like what ive done so far
  19. playing on origin fixed the problem and now using around 40 percent thanks
  20. cloudxblue said:
    playing on origin fixed the problem and now using around 40 percent thanks


    Great news!
    Enjoy your game :)
  21. Reapertyrion said:
    cloudxblue said:
    playing on origin fixed the problem and now using around 40 percent thanks


    Great news!
    Enjoy your game :)


    and now its doing it again lol
  22. I highly doubt Steam is what's causing your spikes to %100. Sounds more like a virus or some kind of spyware taking up resources. I've has this exact problem with my AMD rig a few years ago and it ended up being a virus.

    Download a program called "MalwareBytes" and do a full system scan. Correct any problems, reboot, and report back if the game plays good. MB is free and by far my most favorite antiviral program. This thig caught stuff expensive antivirus software never caught.
  23. bigj1985 said:
    I highly doubt Steam is what's causing your spikes to %100. Sounds more like a virus or some kind of spyware taking up resources. I've has this exact problem with my AMD rig a few years ago and it ended up being a virus.

    Download a program called "MalwareBytes" and do a full system scan. Correct any problems, reboot, and report back if the game plays good. MB is free and by far my most favorite antiviral program. This thig caught stuff expensive antivirus software never caught.


    how would the virus only work for this game tho when i play games all day???
  24. So this ONLY happens when you play the SIMS? No other games or programs??
  25. bigj1985 said:
    So this ONLY happens when you play the SIMS? No other games or programs??


    No I'm on the computer everyday I just played Southpark for 3 hours plus 4 other games seems like Sims crashes when I click the fastest speed
  26. bigj1985 said:
    So this ONLY happens when you play the SIMS? No other games or programs??


    No I'm on the computer everyday I just played Southpark for 3 hours plus 4 other games seems like Sims crashes when I click the fastest speed
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