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June 27, 2011 3:39:40 PM

I will be watching a movie and every now and then it will freeze for like 5 seconds then catch back up,

This never happened on my old pc dell but i bought a much more powerful PC and don't understand this, the only thing i think it can be is the power supply since dell was 350 and this is 250

could the PSU be the cause of this

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a c 669 ) Power supply
June 27, 2011 10:19:41 PM

Post your full system specs, it takes the guess work out of it but it is hardly the PSU!
a c 104 ) Power supply
June 27, 2011 10:38:42 PM

Are you watching dvd's or streaming the movies?
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June 28, 2011 12:44:46 AM

My first post seems to have disappeared...
As a field test, you can try running your system in safe mode (without networking if possible) and see if the video still stutters, this would rule out some problems as antivirus could cause this issue as well.

Your system specs will be useful, but exactly how your playing the video will give the most benefit.

Are you streaming (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc..), are you playing from disc (svcd, DVD, blue-ray), or are you playing a local file.

If your playing a file, what application are you using to view it (media player, i-tunes, VLC, etc..), and what format is the file (MPG, AVI, MKV, M4a, etc...)

This information along with your system specs should be enough information for someone to identify if your system has any weaknesses that need tended to, or suggest alternate methods of playback.

June 28, 2011 2:35:47 AM

Its new pc which is way better then the dell i had here are stats of HP Vs dell

AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 511 Processor, 3400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), Vs Dell IntelCore 2 Duo 2.2 MHZ
5G DDR 3 ram vs 2G DDR 2
750 GB** 7200 RPM Vs 500 GB 7200RPM
Video ATI 3650 512 DDR2 Vs ATI 3650 512 DDR2
Power Supply 250 Vs 350

I was watching AVI's Or playing world of warcraft which played fine on dell but has issues with HP

Now i ordered

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

4 x Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory

AMD Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphic Card

This should fix the prob but im still curious how the dell ran every thing much better when the HP has far superior stats the only difference is 100 watts in PSU and i was wondering if that would actually cause the Lag spikes in wow, Or the occasional freezes in watching AVI's with WMC for about 6 to 8 secs then fly by and catch up.
June 28, 2011 3:04:06 AM

About anti virus comment that is different on dell i used AVG and on new system i use the free one from microsoft MSI
June 28, 2011 3:29:59 PM

I just realized on dell i just had one WD external 1 tb hd, when i got the HP i bought a 2 Tb Seagate external Hard Drive,

Not sure that can be the problem i dont see that as it But would it be better to ditch the two externals and add one of the new 3 TB internals?
a c 669 ) Power supply
June 28, 2011 3:34:39 PM

Externals are slower than internals!
June 28, 2011 3:43:28 PM

Yes but when i had dell i just had the 1 tb external and it didn't effect the pcs performance when running games or movies from the main internal drive,

so im trying to pin point what is causing the occasional pc lag spikes

Once all that stuff i ordered comes in im gonna add it all then reinstall windows 7 then if that doesnt solve my issues i will bottle rocket this piece of crap lol