Stuttering in all games (especially GTA V) and constant high CPU activity

Specs-
GPU: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card
CPU: Intel - Core i5-7600k 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
RAM: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
HDD- Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-00MFCA0 1 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache SATA 6.0 GB/s 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive
PSU: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply


I recently built this pc and ever since it has been stuttering every few seconds in games (small stutters, almost like skipping a few frames every now and again) despite having good fps and I also noticed that during gameplay I had abnormally high CPU usage (90% +, also not that this usage is the game exe itself not a background task). I also noticed that the GPU usage is very inconsistant and drops to about 10% every 30 seconds or so (from about 97%).

Im quite new to this kind of thing as I have never built a PC before so any help is appreciated.

For those who are interested these are my GTA settings:
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/856103815146916109/69B41FF8013A1E9EFFA162F7286B7F7E0AB97A8F/

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/856103815146915746/4C92D36F8F7C8E5473918933B3A190428DF08863/

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/856103815146918343/F1EE3500CB4532A3A811D46B21D3E867046DE572/
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  1. useage appears to be fine, how about temperatures, have you taken a look at those while playing? When you see stutters check your temp on a second monitor and see if it is getting too high or if it is running normally.
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  2. Darkvillain said:
    useage appears to be fine, how about temperatures, have you taken a look at those while playing? When you see stutters check your temp on a second monitor and see if it is getting too high or if it is running normally.


    CPU temp stays at around 60 degrees C and GPU was staying around 70 constantly
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  3. Okay so your temps are fine. What game are you playing just for more information?
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  4. Darkvillain said:
    Okay so your temps are fine. What game are you playing just for more information?


    It's mostly a problem on GTA and can happen in Wildlands
    Reply to tdpaterson
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