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Gaming computer slows (nearly stops) when any program runs.

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April 10, 2010 4:13:36 AM

Hi, Im having a problem with my new build. Anytime I try to do something other than stare at the wallpaper the computer slows dramaticly.

Specs:
Msi Big Bang Fuzion mobo
Intel core i3 540
G-skill ripjaw DDR 3 1600 ( running at 1333 since there is no point to overclock a non working computer)
Msi HD 5770
700w psu

It took quite a while to install windows 7 but no errors occured. It takes a long time to boot and it freezes for 10ish seconds when I try to do anything and then works again (still very slow). All of my drivers are the most recent and I put my old video card in(8800 gt) and the computer was still slow. There are no post errors on boot up either.

I get horrible frame rates in games (unplayable).

My ram is in dimm 1,3 my CPU temps never rise above 40.

BTW: Sorry for the terrible grammar I'm typing this on my iPhone and not paying much attention to spelling,subject/verb agreement, or punctuation.
April 10, 2010 4:45:05 AM

How much RAM do you have?

Any antivirus running?

Check the task manager to see what is running.
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April 10, 2010 12:52:55 PM

4 gigs of ram , I don't have anti virus installed because I just built the computer. I defragged the hard drive and fresh installed windows 7 twice now but it is still extremely slow.
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April 10, 2010 2:18:20 PM

Yeah, we need to know whats going on in your task manager :-/ if you have nothing running at all (only windows) try check if you have a bad RAM stick
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April 10, 2010 4:46:06 PM

http://imgur.com/YL0VE.png < Task Manager

I just ran memtest and no errors occured.
Is there any test I can use to check the CPU or Motherboard?
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April 10, 2010 4:56:27 PM

Your memory usage looks a little high for nothing running. Check the resource monitor's memory tab, to see how much memory is available and how much is reserved.
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April 10, 2010 5:27:37 PM

1028mb in use 2876 available. with IE running.


Im linking some pics from CPU-Z maybe you guys will see something there.


http://imgur.com/FYZRl.png


Also, I was in ATI catalyst center and when i adjusted my fan speed for my Video Card nothing happened.

I have tested my 8800gt in the computer aswell and the computer was still very slow.

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April 10, 2010 5:34:08 PM

Any errors in the event viewer?

Any conflicts in the device manager?
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April 10, 2010 6:22:06 PM

No the event viewer and device manager are clean. Does this sound like a hardware problem or software problem? I'm pretty sure it isn't ram or the video card. I got this through ne*egg so I can Rma anything that could be messed up.
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April 10, 2010 6:31:46 PM

Before RMAing hardware, I would try reinstalling windows. If that doesn't help, try setting the RAM at 1600.
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April 10, 2010 6:55:44 PM

How do I change ram speeds? I have low level formatted my hard drive after the first install of windows and I have reinstalled windows 2 times after. I'm currently at 3 installs of windows and this last time I used a different copy of 7 but the computer acts the same way regardless :/ 
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April 10, 2010 9:22:51 PM

I set the ram to 1600 but still no luck. Should i RMA the CPU and the Motherboard to be safe? I really dont know which is causing the problem but i have eliminated the video card and the ram passes memtest.
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April 11, 2010 1:16:34 AM

Try running in safe mode. Any better there?
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