Great specs, why does it choke?


I recently built a new computer for myself. It works GREAT, except that intermittently programs stop responding. I have to open task manager, wait 1-2 minutes for task manager to open, then try to kill whatever application is choking.

It's got a quad core processor, 16 GB RAM, Flash windows drive, so I don't see why it should EVER choke on running anything or multitasking. What info do you need from me to help? Here is some from DXDiag:

System Information
Time of this report: 11/20/2011, 19:14:01
Machine name: HADES
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/05/10 19:13:52 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16360MB RAM
Page File: 2445MB used, 30274MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode
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  1. Would you mind posting the full specs of your build, please?
  2. You could have some sort of malware , virus spybot or other malicious thing lurking in your computer slowing things down.
  3. ASUS P8P67 Pro mobo

    Intel i5 2500k quad core 3.3 GHz

    Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    WD 500 GB hard drive

    16 GB RAM (G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    lite on dvd rw

    evga gtx560ti

    APC battery backup


    That's the best I have. I actually bought most of the stuff locally and I can't look it up like I can with newegg. :( Is it enough?
  4. Since you just built it and you don't have anything on the drive you want to save I would reload Windows , It may be that there are some programs that didn't load correctly and are causing windows to "choke". I have run into something similar to this and I reloaded and it fixed it.
  5. I'm 99.99 percent sure it is not malware. I run a tight ship on the home network. Have never had a virus on any of our home PC with the policies I maintain.
  6. The Crucial SSD that you have is loaded with the os correct ? How much free space is on the drive ?
  7. I've considered the total wipe and reload. Want to leave that as a last ditch option if it, for whatever reason, ever gets worse.
  8. SSD has the OS. 20.7 GB free.
  9. Have you adjusted the page file in any way , usually if you have a lot of ram you can reduce the page file and that could speed things up.
  10. I tried optimizing the page file with a virtual drive off of the RAM. It REALLY boned things so I removed that. I had tried to lower the amount of page file that the SSD uses for fear of lowering it's life due to the writing/re-writing, but saw several articles that advised it was not a big deal, so I have set that back to automatically managed.

    Overall the speed of the PC is great. Windows Experience Index is 7.6. It's just that individual apps intermittently hang.
  11. Best answer
    A reload may be your only way to fix things unless you only have a few aplications that cause you problems and they are the same ones that do it all the time and the others do not , then possibly you could delete these apps and reload them ? A long time ago when I used to use Norton antivirus and Creative Labs Sound cards I had to load these two things dead last and in a certian order or they would cause problems. Maybe you have certian apps that act in the same way , they conflict with each other.
  12. No noticeable pattern. What prompted me finally to ask for some extra eyes was when I tried to uninstall the game 'Rift' and the uninstall hung. I had to wrestle with the PC to shut that process down and get things back to normal.

    I agree with the reload being an out. Just trying to avoid that unless it's necessary. Was hoping to see if anyone had any trick up their sleeves as far as monitoring or optimization apps to root out the problem.
  13. Since you have Windows 7 Ultimate you can go into the action center and run the troubleshooter and possibly it could find any conflicts if they exist.
  14. Nice. I was not aware that existed. Nothing found in a general performance issue test, but I will poke around to see if anything else will shed some light on things. I'll check back on the thread tomorrow, must work now. Thanks for the tips so far, Inzone. I'll vote the best answer likely tomorrow.
  15. Good luck.
  16. Best answer selected by beckwith3927.
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