These are my specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz
Haswell 22nm Technology
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. H81M-PLUS (SOCKET 1150)
ZOWIE XL LCD (1920x1080@144Hz)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti (ZOTAC International)
447GB KINGSTON SV300S37A480G SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
Fairly beasty computer, but having a very strange problem. Occasionally when im playing games, my game will "freeze" for about 1 minute. During this minute, i can alt-tab, my net (and discord+voicechat) still works.
The biggest oddity is if i have chrome open, i can alt-tab to chrome and try to open some new tabs, however when i do this the tabs will just be "loading" and wont show anything (chrome says something about cache, i've tried clearing cache before, idk if it helps)
once the "freeze" is over, everything catches up really quickly and my computer runs as normal.
I think i've had this problem since getting the computer, though it's extremely rare, until i started stressing it out with PUBG/high end games at which point it's happening every day now
A few things that seem to make this occur more often:
- pretty much only when playing games - the higher the performance, the more likely (mostly happening PUBG atm, but has happened much rarer on gwent)
- i think closing things beforehand helps (so not having extraneous stuff running, similar to above)
I updated all my drivers (driver boostered to try to cover all angles)
Use MSE and windows 7. Never had a virus on this PC, scans always come up clean on malwarebytes)
I have a feeling it could be to do with my graphics card, maybe some incompatability with windows 7? (i've seen issues with this specific card 980TI that it might not be using the full amount of RAM on the card, it might show anywhere between 2-6gb of the actual ram or something??) - should i try updating to windows 10?
Reason i haven't updated to wd10 is because i like using classic mode (no aero, no v-sync, means i can windowless fullscreen a lot of stuff with no problems and lag)
Haven't tried disabling MSE whilst playing (maybe it's doing some scans? idk)
Haven't tried messing around with CPU priority
I use displayfusion to manage my multiple monitors, disabled that but it didn't help
So yeah, any help massively appreciated. After updating all drivers, trying different amount of stuff being open/not open, checking if it's my network (it's not), the only next step would be to upgrade to windows 10?
I have an (irrational?) fear that WD10 might cause more incompatibility issues with stuff on my computer which is why i've held off upgrading, but idk, all opinions appreciated