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The problem I have with most semi-old games (Half-Life 2, Call of Duty 2, FarCry, FEAR, Condemned, Deus Ex 2) is that the game will freeze for 5-15 seconds with either sound looping, sound off or sound normally playing. and then the FPS drops by at least half. The game's FPS will stay that way forever with no freezing whatsoever until I change the resolution from the game options video menu and then back or I load a saved game. But I'd have to do that everytime the 'freezing/FPS drop' happens. I've used process of elimination and am not sure what the exact problem is. All I have concluded so far is that the following issues are eliminated:

-overclocked or stock speeds of CPU/RAM/Video Card
-temperature
-airflow
-background software (i.e. AV, firewall, anti-spyware, defrag, downloading)
-HD fragmentation
-Upated latest graphics and sound driver version, game patches, service packs, mobo drivers
-Sound card (HW acceleration on/off)
-OS reinstallation
-RAM timing
Here are my specs:
CPU: P4 2.60c Ghz SL6WS OC'd @ 3.25 Ghz (Zalman CNPS7700-Cu w/ 120mm T&T fan)
Mobo: MSI-6728 865PE NEO2-S
RAM: 4x256 MB Kingston K PC3200 DDR400
HD: Hitachi Deskstar: 160 GB (SATA), 8x GB (ATA-133), 6x GB (ATA-100)
GPU: BFG Tech Nvidia Geforce 6800 GT OC AGP (w/ Zalman VF900-Cu w/ Zalman 80mm fan)
Sound: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Optical: Pioneer DVR-108 (v1.18)
OS: Windows XP Pro SP2
PSU: Sparkle ATX-400PN (120mm fan)

Ideas anyone?

I'd appreciate any help.
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i'd be thinking graphics card
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The problem I have with most semi-old games (Half-Life 2, Call of Duty 2, FarCry, FEAR, Condemned, Deus Ex 2) is that the game will freeze for 5-15 seconds with either sound looping, sound off or sound normally playing. and then the FPS drops by at least half. The game's FPS will stay that way forever with no freezing whatsoever until I change the resolution from the game options video menu and then back or I load a saved game. But I'd have to do that everytime the 'freezing/FPS drop' happens. I've used process of elimination and am not sure what the exact problem is. All I have concluded so far is that the following issues are eliminated:

-overclocked or stock speeds of CPU/RAM/Video Card
-temperature
-airflow
-background software (i.e. AV, firewall, anti-spyware, defrag, downloading)
-HD fragmentation
-Upated latest graphics and sound driver version, game patches, service packs, mobo drivers
-Sound card (HW acceleration on/off)
-OS reinstallation
-RAM timing
Here are my specs:
CPU: P4 2.60c Ghz SL6WS OC'd @ 3.25 Ghz (Zalman CNPS7700-Cu w/ 120mm T&T fan)
Mobo: MSI-6728 865PE NEO2-S
RAM: 4x256 MB Kingston K PC3200 DDR400
HD: Hitachi Deskstar: 160 GB (SATA), 8x GB (ATA-133), 6x GB (ATA-100)
GPU: BFG Tech Nvidia Geforce 6800 GT OC AGP (w/ Zalman VF900-Cu w/ Zalman 80mm fan)
Sound: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Optical: Pioneer DVR-108 (v1.18)
OS: Windows XP Pro SP2
PSU: Sparkle ATX-400PN (120mm fan)

Ideas anyone?

I'd appreciate any help.
Hey Stealth3si and welcome to OCN

It would be a tad easier if you could put your specs into your signature. You can do this by going to the "User CP" (Control Panel) and use the "Add System" option on the left menu.

Ok, so your issue. Wow, you've certainly done a great deal of troubleshooting already. About 90% of those things I would have suggested.

I would say is it a hardware fault somewhere. The best thing to do would be to go through the process of elimination by replacing with other hardware parts. For example, an El Cheapo GPU, RAM, CPU replacement from a friend?

Also, with the RAM. Have you tried running with only one or two modules instead of all four? Different slots? Have you reseated all your hardware completely? I'm talking from the ground up. Re-seat and connect the whole lot.

Keep us posted.
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Please put your system specs in your sig.
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how close it the sound card to the video card?

are you using riva to oc the graphic card?
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