30 - 60 second lag spikes in games

For the past week or so, i have been experiencing lag spikes in any game i play, and at a very high rate. They would appear every other minute or so and last for around 45 sec. Changing the in-game graphics never worked and even low-end games like warcraft 3 behaves much the same as the higer-end ones like League of Legends. This happens even with single-player and multiplayer. Here are the specs, recorded with Everest.
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name COMPUTER
User Name Adrian

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4 531, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
System Memory 2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (11/23/06)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter Radeon X1650 Series Secondary (512 MB)
Video Adapter Radeon X1650 Series (512 MB)
Monitor LG 702B [17" CRT] (1344286490)

Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

If anyone knows what could be causing this and how can it be fixed, please answer as this is getting on my nerves really fast.
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  1. Der - try everything - old OS, old cpu, not enough ram, poor graphics cards and I bet a crappy power supply and bad internet.

    Any graphical load will bring your pc to a halt.
  2. @i7Baby, What you're saying is that the best of solutions is buying a new pc? My only source of income right now is the money i find on the ground by chance.
    I was expecting a solution, not criticism to the best i can get...
  3. Its at the end of life. Time replace it.
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