The freezing issue was terrible the last two days, couldn't go more than a minute between these 8 second lock ups.
I updated the Intel network driver and the lock up problem lessened but didn't go away. Seems like there is a connection there. I'd buy a different network card and disable the onboard but I don't have any Pci slots and only have the one Pci-e slot.
After isolating everything else, I'm beginning to suspect the motherboard as the culprit.