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Specs are in my sig, but here is my dilemma:

After installing my new build, I reinstalled Windows, all my programs and games. However, when I load some games (Dirt 3, BF3, Skyrim) it won't load all the way through and I will experience SEVERE slowdown to a point where I can do anything except hard-restart.

Fifa 12 will take multiple times of me going into Origin and clicking "play" in order for it work.

I have checked all my connections and ran an anti-virus program to no avail. I did change some of the startup settings in "MSconfig" but I don't think that would affect anything. It is ONLY games that are affected.

Possibly heat with the CPU. I have it OC'ed but have an aftermarket cooler.

Does anyone have any ideas? Or am I going to have to reinstall windows?
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Intel i5-2500k @ 4.0 ghz | 8GB G.Skill DDR3 RAM | Sapphire Radeon 6970 | ASRock Z77 Pro | CM - Hyper 212 | OCZ 700W PSU | CM - Scout | 24'' LCD 1080p | 5.1 SS
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  1. Have you tried a bios update for the motherboard? The zz77 chipset was a new releaes chipset for the Ivy Bridge cpu and to use the 2500k in that MB you may need a bios update.
  2. After a new install of Win7, all of the updates, and tons of new programs, I always clean the system of registry errors and other resource wasting crap with CCleaner. Do the Clean and Registry both. You may want to run it a couple times. That will at least determine if the problem is related to those issues.

    And check your System Config to see what you can disable that may be conflicting with your gaming. I normally only have a half dozen or so items checked.
  3. inzone said:
    Have you tried a bios update for the motherboard? The zz77 chipset was a new releaes chipset for the Ivy Bridge cpu and to use the 2500k in that MB you may need a bios update.


    I am looking around for the bios update for the z77 chipset but can't seem to find it on the site (I am confused by all of the downloads on there). Just download all of those? I installed drivers from the CD, but I think these are updated ones? No?

    Edit:

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro4/?cat=Download&o=Win764

    Anyone care to help?
  4. Best answer
    You want BIOS version 1.30. Either use the instant flash (read your manual) or the Windows executable.
  5. Which Z77 Pro do you have? There are several of them
  6. abekl said:
    Which Z77 Pro do you have? There are several of them


    I have to check when I get home, but I can use the Windows executable to download it, whether it is 1.30 or 1.40.

    And just follow the instructions on the site?
  7. That's correct
  8. abekl said:
    That's correct


    Thanks. I will test all of my games and see what happens after the update. So far it is just BF3 and Dirt3, even though Battlefield worked at one point and stopped working.

    All my other games, Arma2, ME3, New Vegas, Fifa 13 all work without a hitch. As well, everything else works with the OS.

    So not sure if this does not solve it.
  9. xunleashed said:



    Yes the 1.40 would be the one to try and as with all bios updates if it doesn't work or you don't want it you can alwaye go back. What bios version do you have now?

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Model=Z77 Pro4&o=BIOS
  10. If all of those games are steam games then you can also try updating or reinstalling steam.
  11. Just Dirt 3, BF3 is Origin.

    Not sure which version I have, since I am not home yet.
  12. You can also reinstall Origin also since these games seem to use these clients to run thier games and it doesn't take much to corrupt a file.
  13. inzone said:
    You can also reinstall Origin also since these games seem to use these clients to run thier games and it doesn't take much to corrupt a file.


    Yea I reinstalled both Steam and Origin, to no avail.
  14. It's an ASRock Z77 Pro 4 motherboard for those asking.

    These drivers I suspect:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4&o=BIOS
  15. UPDATE
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    I was able to get into task manager while trying to load BF3 and apparently a program was causing the CPU and RAM usage to skyrocket to 100% in use. I had this "EKag20nt.exe" program running over 1,000 times.

    THAT was the culprit, a reason for the slowdown and crashing. I located it on my computer, in some "lucidxtechnology" folder and uninstalled it. The program comes with the motherboard I believe, so it was corrupted the games somehow.

    All games working fine right now. Thanks everyone for your help.
  16. Best answer selected by xunleashed.
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