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Experiencing slow performance on new pc. (Bottlenecking?)

Last response: in Systems
December 30, 2009 3:29:40 AM

1 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR
2 Processor: Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8Ghz
3 Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
4 Memory: CORSAIR DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 4GB (2 x 2GB), Timing 9-9-9-24, 1.8V
5 Hard Drive: Seagate 500 GB
6 Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ Video Card - 512MB GDDR3
7 PSU: PC Power and Cooling model# S75QB
8 Operating System: Windows XP 64bit

Hi, I recently built this P.C. and have been experiencing delay/lag/bottlenecking or whichever technical term needed. This is my first build so I am not too tech savvy. Would you please assist me in determining the root of my problem? Here are some of the issues I have experienced:

1) Jerking mouse movements ( almost like 1-2 second delayed movements) with no CPU spikes.
2) Random CPU spikes which also leads to jerking mouse movements when I am browsing the web or playing games such as Left 4 Dead 2 or Borderlands.

These issues come and go. According to Speedfan 4.40, the idle temperatures are as follows:
GPU: 36C
Temp1: 34C
Temp2: 29C
Temp3: -2C
HD0: 31C
Core 0: 37C
Core 1: 35C

The temperatures remain the same during the spikes.

Any insight to what may be the reason behind the bottlenecking or lag spikes, would be much appreciated.

Thank you very much!
December 30, 2009 1:21:11 PM

1) If on desktop, list your running software.

2) Lower your image quality in games. Your gaming rig is considered low end, by my standard.
December 30, 2009 3:58:21 PM

Thanks for your response. I'll attach a screen shot when I am back home. Yeah, it was built with a $600 budget. hah!