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After several weeks of use the entire system will begin to display terrible lag, apps take nearly a minute to load; restart, shutdown and start up take far longer than usual sometimes several minutes; opening applications can take up to a minute before they open and frame rates in games become incredibly low. The only way I seem to be able to fix it is to do a cmos reset and the problem disappears for several weeks to a month or so. Another thing is (im not sure if this is normal) I feel that i experience more blue screens and application crashes than I should. They aren't all the time but more than I feel a system like mine should experience. What could possibly be causing these problems?

Recently I RMA'd my PSU from and AX 750 to and AX 760 because it would squeal sometimes and would also cause frame rate drops along crackling and pops in my audio the new power supply seems to have rectified that problem but the problem I just described still remains. Ive done a 24 hour memory test which came back with 0 errors along with a few clean OS re-installs. Ive left all setting in bios set to stock as well.


Specs
CPU: Intel Core I7 2600k
Mobo: Asus Maximus IV Extreme
Ram: 8GB (4x2GB) Corsair Vengence 1600Mhz
Samsung 830 Series SSD 256GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Graphics: Asus 680GTX TOP
PSU: Corsair AX760
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i
OS: Windows 8 Pro 64bit
Mouse: Logitech G9X
Keyboard: Corsair K90 Vengence
Audio: Audioengine D1 DAC (connected via optical)
Monitor 1: Samsung series 9 S27B970D
Monitor 2: Asus VG248QE
Edited by crimsonangel - 9/2/13 at 10:19am
post #2 of 8
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The computer just started lagging again today after being left on overnight and I had to do a CMOS reset again to fix it.
post #3 of 8
Are you clearing the CMOS and then the problem disappears on the exact same OS installation, or do you have to reinstall the OS too? Has the symptoms disappeared after just an OS install?

The reason I ask this is because I've had some troubles with my HDD's reverting to PIO mode back in the day, where everything the drives do takes up CPU cycles, meaning everything slows down to a crawl. I've had music skip, programs take minutes to load, games run awful, all of your problems. It still applies to SATA drives as far as I'm aware, so you might want to look into it once it happens again:

Before doing anything, check if your drives are running in UDMA or PIO mode. This can be done in a various amount of ways, but I've found HD Tune to be the easiest way of checking all things HDD related. Press on the Info tab and look in the lower right corner of the window. Download the trial of the Pro version, as this shows a lot more info - the free version, as far as I can tell, also only shows data for 1 disk drive.
Download: http://www.hdtune.com/download.html

If the 'Active' mode is lower than the 'Supported' mode, either your motherboard does not support the faster mode, or your HDD has made enough errors to warrant a 'downgrade in speed'.

You can read up on it here: http://winhlp.com/node/10#qs
Disregard all the Win2000 and XP stuff, as I've found it to still apply to Windows 7.

If this is the case, either your cables are loose/bad or one or more of your drives are going bad.

Sorry if this confuses you - I hope it helps.
post #4 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sofacykel View Post

Are you clearing the CMOS and then the problem disappears on the exact same OS installation, or do you have to reinstall the OS too? Has the symptoms disappeared after just an OS install?

The reason I ask this is because I've had some troubles with my HDD's reverting to PIO mode back in the day, where everything the drives do takes up CPU cycles, meaning everything slows down to a crawl. I've had music skip, programs take minutes to load, games run awful, all of your problems. It still applies to SATA drives as far as I'm aware, so you might want to look into it once it happens again:

Before doing anything, check if your drives are running in UDMA or PIO mode. This can be done in a various amount of ways, but I've found HD Tune to be the easiest way of checking all things HDD related. Press on the Info tab and look in the lower right corner of the window. Download the trial of the Pro version, as this shows a lot more info - the free version, as far as I can tell, also only shows data for 1 disk drive.
Download: http://www.hdtune.com/download.html

If the 'Active' mode is lower than the 'Supported' mode, either your motherboard does not support the faster mode, or your HDD has made enough errors to warrant a 'downgrade in speed'.

You can read up on it here: http://winhlp.com/node/10#qs
Disregard all the Win2000 and XP stuff, as I've found it to still apply to Windows 7.

If this is the case, either your cables are loose/bad or one or more of your drives are going bad.

Sorry if this confuses you - I hope it helps.
Clearing CMOS clears the problem on the exact same OS installation.
All 3 of my drives under supported read UDMA Mode 6 and under active read UDMA Mode 5
Edited by crimsonangel - 9/4/13 at 12:11am
post #5 of 8
There are two different types of 6G ports. One Marvel and the other Intel. Maybe try the SSD on the Intel . bulb.gif

guide there somewhere if not handy.

http://www.asus.com/support/Download/1/39/Maximus_IV_Extreme/
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by JesseWeHav2Clok View Post

There are two different types of 6G ports. One Marvel and the other Intel. Maybe try the SSD on the Intel . bulb.gif

guide there somewhere if not handy.

http://www.asus.com/support/Download/1/39/Maximus_IV_Extreme/
Im using only the intel ports. I have nothing plugged into the Marvel ports.
post #7 of 8
Have you considered static build-ups?
Some chassis' have a bad habit of building up static. When resetting the CMOS I imagine you take out your power cord, open up your PC case etc., completely discharging the case and the components, which might be what fixes it.

Try grounding it - seating a wire somewhere unpainted in/on the chassis, routing it to something grounded like a radiator, sometimes sinks, heck even plugging it into the ground in the wall socket works.
post #8 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sofacykel View Post

Have you considered static build-ups?
Some chassis' have a bad habit of building up static. When resetting the CMOS I imagine you take out your power cord, open up your PC case etc., completely discharging the case and the components, which might be what fixes it.

Try grounding it - seating a wire somewhere unpainted in/on the chassis, routing it to something grounded like a radiator, sometimes sinks, heck even plugging it into the ground in the wall socket works.
My board has a button on the back that when pressed and held cuts power to everything and resets CMOS
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