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Old August 1, 2013, 02:54 AM
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Default PC starts to lag and spike after a while, can't tell what's causing this...

Hey guys. So as the title says, after a while, my PC just becomes slow. Programs open slowly. The reaction times of actions just drop dramatically. I get a bunch of distorted sound, the worse the distorted sound is when viewing a media file, the worse the glitching is.

I'm assuming it's some sort of CPU problem.

How would I be able to diagnose and troubleshoot this? I find it hard to believe it's my CPU, it's an i5-2500K at stock clocks, no OC what so ever.

I have reformatted and that did not fix the issue.

The PC is fine, but after leaving it on overnight, it seems I always come back to a PC that is just slow.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post in advance.
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Old August 1, 2013, 05:54 AM
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Overheating? What are you system temps like?
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Old August 1, 2013, 06:55 AM
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What did you install after the "reformat" ?
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Old August 1, 2013, 08:11 AM
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The PC is fine, but after leaving it on overnight, it seems I always come back to a PC that is just slow.
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Don't leave it on overnight. I'm betting that some component does not wake properly from hibernation.
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Old August 1, 2013, 11:18 AM
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Overheating? What are you system temps like?
Normal. 35-50, Corsair H60 1st gen.

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What did you install after the "reformat" ?
Nothing new, same programs as always, no fishy software, all well known applications.

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Don't leave it on overnight. I'm betting that some component does not wake
properly from hibernation.
No sleep or hibernation. It's running the whole time.
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Old August 1, 2013, 12:48 PM
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What's the hard drive and how old is it, the hard drive may not like being left idling all night for whatever reason.
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Old August 1, 2013, 12:51 PM
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What's the hard drive and how old is it, the hard drive may not like being left idling all night for whatever reason.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. No other drives. I believe reaching 2.5 - 3 yrs old now.

Is there a tool I can use to troubleshoot my drive to see if it's not performing properly?

It's either the CPU or HDD, because when I view a media file such as a TV show during the lag, I get awful sound distortion, you can tell it is glitching, spiking severely, but temps look fine so it's definitely not a heat issue.

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Old August 1, 2013, 01:10 PM
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. No other drives. I believe reaching 2.5 - 3 yrs old now.

Is there a tool I can use to troubleshoot my drive to see if it's not performing properly?

It's either the CPU or HDD, because when I view a media file such as a TV show during the lag, I get awful sound distortion, you can tell it is glitching, spiking severely, but temps look fine so it's definitely not a heat issue.
1) Try different a differ power plug
2) Try a different sata port
3) Try a different sata cable
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Old August 1, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Ok, I will try those, but I still haven't gotten an answer as to whether I can use a program to test my parts or not.
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Old August 1, 2013, 08:52 PM
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Try LatencyMon ... it will monitor and show you what drivers and possibly components that are causing you to lag.
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