Games kept freezing every 20-30 seconds for 1 second.

I don't know but that started after I got my new custom computer that I built and everything were fine until I had a problem with Windows 8 with overclocking. At that time it was messy so I formatted it and installed Windows 8 again. Everything went great than expected until I started playing games. Those freeze issues exists on most of any games, especially Dota 2 and WoW. My games kept freezing on Dota 2 every 20-30 for 0.5 seconds and every 1 minute for 1 second on WoW. Though, it look okay on the desktop screen.

It could be my video card, PSU or RAM.

Here's my computers spec:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Also I used SpeedFan to check my temperature during WoW and Dota 2. It look okay to me.

It was smooth on youtube and other programs but not video games. Here's what I've done so far.

- Downgraded to 1204 from 1604 BIOS versions, no change. 1604 was the latest version.
- Downgraded Nvidia driver for GTX 660 TI down to 306.97 from 310.90. No changes.
- Tried to use single monitor instead of dual monitors, no luck.
- Used DPS Latency Checker, constant 100 us, and had 400-700 us spikes once every 10 minutes. I believe it's normal.
- Reformatted Windows 8, no luck and then I reformatted the entire hard drive to install Windows 7 and didn't work out well. Went back to Windows 8. Still no luck.

It's getting annoying. It's completely normal on desktops and other stuff but not on games. That's pissing me off. Also, I don't know if it's related with gaming freezing but I'm getting BSOD with MEMORY_MANAGEMENT, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED and SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION errors.

I thought maybe it's related with drivers. After I downgraded drivers. The programs still remains the same and it's seem to go away after I reformatted my Windows 8 but the freeze still exist on gaming. Could it be related?
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  1. What I did today so far.

    - Passed on both HDD and SSD using Seatool with a Long Test option.
    - Passed on RAMs using Memtest (Did it overnight)
    - Switched video card and used roommate's video card (470 GTX) no change, still freezing on games.
    - Tried different versions of BIOS for motherboard, no changes.
    - Tried to do different level of overclocking on RAMs and CPU to see if it make any changes, it didn't.

    After everything I've done since three days (on and off) and leaving me only with PSU and motherboard. What should I do? Try to use roommate's PSU and see if it'll solve the problem? I still need help. :(
  2. While I don't have a solution, I am having the same problem and it is extremely annoying.

    If you come up with a solution, feel free to tell me.

  3. i don't have a solution either but sheesh i've got it too i'm playing some COD on a comp solely for gaming and yet it randomly freezes every 2 seconds for 5 seconds and yet i've never had this before until today.
  4. My video was freezing/stuttering/tearing about every 3-5 seconds. Some were less noticeable but eventually it became frustrating to play a game that shows 100fps but stutters.

    In my experience, I had stuttering/freezing in 2 scenarios....
    a) CPU or GPU is overheating
    b) an installed program is causing the issue.

    Everything was working fine until I installed the following programs on my home built PC.
    MSI Afterburner - monitors GPU temps
    PROWinx64 - monitors CPU temps
    Together, these programs allow me to see my temperatures for CPU & GPU on screen, while gaming.

    I uninstalled PROWinx64 and my video returned to normal. No problems at all now.
    I just can't see my CPU temps on screen while gaming - until I can find one that doesn't cause this freezing. Someone else had the same issue and they had installed a different program (but does the same thing as my PROWinx64). Same results.

    just my 2 cents.
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