Last week I bought a new PC with these specs:
- Mem: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
- CPU: Intel Core I5 2500K Boxed
- MoBo: Asus ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z
- GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC
- Disk: 256GB Crucial C300 on SATA-600 port.
- Monitor: Dell U2711 2560*1440
I already have the disk for a year and it always worked perfectly.
I installed Win 7 + the 150+ updates that go with it. Installed drivers for MoBo and GPU from the disk that came with it + updated GPU drivers to latest.
Ran FutureMark benchmark and 3DMark Vantage yielding expected results.
Installed and played Mass Effect 2 and Anno 2060 with no problems at all. These recent games run super smooth.
Installed steam and started the 10 GB download of Team Fortress 2, which is quite old and ran perfect on my previous 2 generations of computers. Hence my surprise to see it hang for a second about each 30 seconds, making the game unplayable.
There is a huge amount of things that I can attempt to narrow down the problem. I don't know where to start and what would be the most plausible cause.
=> I was hoping some advice on what to google for and what I can easily try to quickly narrow down the root cause.