So for the past 5 months I’ve been getting a stutter at random times when I’m using my machine. I can’t tell if it’s GPU, CPU, mobo or RAM related as it’s completely random. I’m watching a video - boom half a a second stutter. Playing a game - boom it’s back. Using excel - Mr. Stutter is at the door.
It’s more noticeable when I’m playing a game or watching a video as the audio, you know, stutters as well. However it also happens when using windows, usually I can see a small delay in moving the mouse courser when it happens.
The intervals it happens at are also random. Could be once a day, or once an hour. Completely random. I’m leaning toward it being GPU related, as twice in the past 5 months, when I’ve gone to boot up my system, it doesn’t post and I get a error beep that sounds like [beeeeeeeeeeep beep beep], which according to my mobo manual is “1 long, 2 short - Monitor or graphics card error”.
A part of the pci-e connector on my card is black, like it’s been burned. Pretty sure it wasn’t like that when I got it.
I don’t see any leaks on any of the caps on the mobo. There’s adequate airflow in my build. I’m getting a i7-3770 on Monday to test with to see if it makes a difference. Not sure how to even start diagnosing this.
In terms of age, my mobo and chip and one 4gb ram stick are from launch day. The 960, SSD and the other 4GB stick are from May 2015 - I upgraded to play Witcher 3. The HDD’s are going into my NAS this weekend so they won’t be part of the equation for much longer.
My specs are:
Fractal Design R5
BeQuiet ShadowRock Topflow
8GB DDR3 1333
GTX960 - 382.05 drivers
Crucial BX100 128GB SSD
WD 4TB HDD
2x Seagate IronWolf 4TB HDD
Windows 10 Pro - 10.0.15063 Build 15063
SATA config in the BIOS is in AHCI mode.
LG 29UM68-P FreeSync Ultrawide
Worst case scenario, it’s impossible to figure out and I wait until next year when I upgrade to a 1700 / Vega56 based system.