I'm sorry, I know the topic title is awkward, but I've recently begun to have a problem where the games I play (7 Days to Die and Skyrim) are freezing and releasing every couple of minutes, lasting between 20-30 seconds. In trying to track down the problem, these are the steps I have taken:
- I watched the system resources through Task Manager during the freezes to see if the RAM (16GB) or CPU (6 core AMD) were being maxed out, and I did not see any indication that was happening.
- Ran full system scan with Norton antivirus, nothing, not even malware, was found.
- Verified the settings in the antivirus are to exclude the folders with those games, including the save locations, and verified that while playing games the AV is in silent mode.
- Verified file integrity of 7 Days to Die and Skyrim through Steam, no errors found.
- Checked defragmentation of the drive, 0% fragmented
- Ran CHKDSK for bad files and sectors, no errors found.
- Skyrim.. is awesome.
- Checked video card drivers are up to date.
- Deleted save folders and forced games to create new ones.
- Ran Process Monitor and played 7 Days to Die until it froze, wrote down the time, then checked the log to see what was happening at that time, discovered that 7 Days To Die was reading and writing to a file in the Saves folder during the freeze. Assumed Skyrim was doing the same thing because it freezes and releases every couple of minutes in the same manner 7 Days to Die is does.
Other information that may be useful: These are single player games, not online games in the traditional sense, however they do require internet access so they can talk to Steam in order to launch and apply the license key. I have also noticed that lately, overall system performance has dropped in regards to opening applications. Explorer windows and browser windows take 10-20 seconds to load, however internet browsing is speedy. My PC is acting like it's very bloated, but it runs maintenance weekly (defrag, disk cleanup, AV scan), and my system cache is set to minimum 25600mb maximum 51200mb. My gut tells me something is wrong with Windows, and not the games, but it seemed that I should probably post this here because this is how I've discovered the problem, and I don't know that it isn't game related (or possibly video card related, heaven forbid). Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.