Hello. I bought a new system a few days ago and I seem to be having a bottle neck problem. The reason I say this is because while I'm playing games, it will run smoothly then suddenly stutter to load in new textures and what not. Sometimes the game'll even slow down. Now I understand that these are normal signs of my video card not being powerful enough, but I'm running a 640MB 8800GTS here, and my room mate who's running a 7950GT (256MB I believe) doesn't have these stuttering problems. For those who are helping me out, here are my specs: CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Mobo: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition GPU: PNY VCG88GTSXPB GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W RAM: OCZ SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) What I forgot to add above was that one of the DVI outputs on the video card is damaged (pink tinged output if I use that slot, to solve the problem I just use the other slot which works just fine) and the CPU doesn't even get about 1 FPS in the 3DMark06 CPU bench section. Either of the two could be the problem I think, but there's also the fact that my HDD is some really old 80GB fossil (about a year old). Could it be that the HDD is causing the mid-game stutter to take the time for loading new textures, etc? The vid-card performs pretty well in 3dMark06, it's 30-55FPS for the majority of the video tests with the occasional 18-20FPS and 60-80FPS. That said, I don't think the video card is the problem (or is it?). The CPU or hard drive must be the problem here... can anyone give me some help here? Thanks guys. I always come here when I have some tough issue that I need solved and I always find an answer. You guys rock!