I have recently bought a new PC build. I am not a novice with computers, but I haven't built a PC for 6yrs or so. My PC build is the following:
Asus P5KC Motherboard
Intel Core2Duo E6750
Crucial Ballistix 2gb PC2-6400 RAM
Sapphire xt1950 Pro 512mb
Creative SB Audigy 7.1 OEM
First problem is my CPU. I used CPU-Z to check my processor, and I am a little worried as to why my voltage changes so rapidly, as well as the MHZ rating. My voltage continuously changes to random figures between 1.312v and 1.320v - I don't know if this is due to the 'automatic' overclocking the motherboard offers, or if its a problem related to my CPU. The MHZ rating also switches from 2003mhz to 2671mhz. I think the latter is what it's meant to be, but I'm confused as to why it changes so rapidly, atleast, CPU-Z shows it changing..
The other problem is my Creative Sound card. I run 2 sound cards on my PC, the other being the onboard sound, because I DJ on my computer along with gaming etc. The problem I am finding is that either the left or right channel will cut out, the sound will cut out entirely, or the sound will 'judder' making it appear like 1 'frame' of sound is playing every second. It's very weird, and I have replaced drivers with CD install, also downloaded drivers but continuously get this problem. I used a utility supplied on the Driver CD to 'test' my sound card and it said some problems with Direct Sound, so I don't know what is causing this? Also, when I use MSN voice chat, my mic will cut out which is actually plugged in to my on board sound, as a result I need to reconnect he voice chat call each time, and sometimes it will work for hours, other times it will work for minutes before needing reconnect.
Don't think I can help with the soundcard but I think I know about the CPU. Basically when your computer is at idle, the CPU multiplier automatically lowers and CPU-Z detects this. This setting can be turned off I think by disabling C1E in the power management settings of your bios, although this is not really necessary unless your overclocking.
As for the jumpy voltage I don't think this is a major issue as its not like its changing a huge amount, and I would guess it is something to do with the overclocking feature on the motherboard.
Yes, that helps. I thought this was the case anyways, I was a bit concerned that the soundcard issue was tied to the processor issue, due to a PSU problem, or something similair.
However, now that someone has confirmed my CPU theory, I'm not too concerned about that. Like I said, I had no problems running, and the CPU idles at around 18 degrees and hits about 28 on load, so I haven't found any problms with the CPU's operation.
Now just to find a fix for this sound card, I have my old Creative card, which is about 10 yrs old, at home, it worked for the past 10 yrs flawlessly, so may see if that causes the same problems.