Stuttering issue in games, possibly monitor problem

By KnightofBane
Jan 3, 2013
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  1. Hey dudes.

    got a small tech problem and hoping you guys know what the problem is. ever since I built my computer last year I've noticed a lot of my games stutter when my character is moving. I've noticed this in Sleeping Dogs and Path of Exile most notably, but other games like The Witcher 2 and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare as well. the screen seems to stutter for a millisecond every 2 or so seconds, or sometimes every second. occasionally it'll just stop completely (as in it won't stutter at all). my FPS is staying a constant 60 though. no dips in FPS at all. it's like the game jumps or something.

    anyone have a clue what it is? it's a minor visual complaint, but it's pretty irritating.

    also my specs:

    8GB RAM
    2GB 6950
    i5 2500k factory settings

    EDIT: okay so I've noticed this issue does not happen in windowed mode. I'm trying to go fullscreen on my 2nd monitor to see if it's monitor related, but having a little trouble.

    EDIT 2: tried recording in Fraps to show people. seems to completely or almost fix the stuttering while recording so I'm guessing it's not my monitor

    here's the video showing off a little bit of it.
    the beginning is where it's mostly at and the big stutter at 0:14~ is just an FPS drop, but the rest is the stuttering issue I'm getting
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    What is the make and model of the power supply?
  3. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

    OCZ Technology - OCZGXS700 (700W)
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    What hard drive(s) do you have installed? Have you checked the boot drive for errors, if it is not an SSD drive?
  5. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    Go to computer, right-click on the C drive. Select properties, tools, check now. Put a check mark in both boxes to set a disk check on the next boot up. What antivirus program do you have installed?
  7. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

    Ran it. didn't see anything standing out as bad, but perhaps I missed something. is there a place the results are saved or something?
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

  9. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

    I am using norton 360. never had any kind of malware etc. at least out of what N360 can detect.

    ran the temp file cleaner as well.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    Remove Norton 360 temporarily and see if this "cures" the game stuttering
  11. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

    Uninstalled. still the same issue :(
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    Then try another power supply...
  13. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

    I think buying a new power supply is a bit hasty. I mean if it's clear cut that it's my PSU I don't mind shelling out the money for one, but without the solution being clear I'd rather do a bit more process-of-elimination before I start buying new parts. I appreciate your help, though.
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    How old is this hardware? Is the video card clean and free of dust?
  15. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 56

    All of this hardware is a year old, give or take a week. and yes it is I cleaned my entire PC when I checked my PSU.

    one thing I noticed is when vsync is off the stuttering stops. however I get screen tearing so that's a whole other problem.
  16. Shiney

    Shiney TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 223

    Check the hdd for activity when the stuttering occurs. Sounds like the data is not getting through quick enough hence the stutter.
  17. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,088   +724



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