I'm not sure if i should post this in the Drives or Games section. But I think i pinpointed all my problems to my hdd access. when the hdd is being accessed, the computer feels slightly laggy. Especially when playing MMO games. Loading new areas and going into cities or areas with alot of other people are making the game almost unplayable. I've played mmos before in the past and no pc i ever had was this bad.
I check process explorer....nothing is unusual except the game process will ocassionally spike to 100 when the hdd is being accessed. I think the hdd is generally causing issues on my pc.
I have a samsung hd103SJ sata 1tb. Samsung spinpoint f3. i reformatted, reinstalled windows... updated my chipset, video drivers, realtek drivers....broadcom driver..... bought a new corsair psu.....
I've updated my bios. Updated my hdd firmware. There was an urgent firmware update with this drive which i did successfully.
It shows the new firmware in seagate tools now. The seagate tools pass. Although i haven't done the long term test yet i will do that tonight.
I make sure to defrag every day with auslogic bootspeed.
I don't think this is normal. Is this a sign my hdd is going bad? Did i wait too long to update the firmware? I admit I haven't done much mmo gaming in the 2 years i've had this pc until now. It ran bc2 perfect, and other fps games perfect. I use to notice some hitching with skyrim....but i don't believe it was this bad, its been awhile.
I have been having issues lately with bf3 lately, which i posted about in these forums, and i'm thinking now this might have been the cause all along. i even sent hijacked logs to some expert removalists and scanned with every spyware program.
Is this a hdd going bad.....or a driver problem? what are your thoughts?
I appreciate any opinions. Tks in advance.
EDIT: according to dpc latency checker i was getting bad latency i believed was due to my network card. When disabled it showed everything ok. And it seemed resetting my windows firewall fixed the issue But i'm still getting system interrupts when downloading files at speeds of 4mb/s about 10-15%. Not sure if thats normal. I'm not seeing big system interrupts when playing the game. what actually spikes is the game process themselves. In bios i have it set to ahci and not raid. because i only have a single disc? even with firewall and av disabled i'm still getting severe lag when downloading to the drive. Especially noticeable when playing mmo games.
Edited by RichAC, 23 January 2013 - 09:32 PM.