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System bottleneck? Or is something else wrong?

spitfire-smith
  • 1 month ago

Hi there everyone!

I am having a bit of trouble with my HTPC build I completed about 5 years ago now:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/jNKLRB

I am running into issues while streaming content from sites such as Netflix, Twitch, etc. I will, more often than not, experience very long (sometimes 3-5 minutes) initial loading times for streams and even once a video/stream starts playing, it can constantly buffer every 2 minutes or so for a few seconds at a time. This has made some things like Twitch, almost unwatchable.

I have checked on the network side and everything seems to be working fine. My router is newer and my connection speeds are usually stable at anywhere from 15-25 Mbps. I can also load up the same videos/streams on my phone on wi-fi, for example, and they will play almost instantly, with little to no buffering. I was wondering if maybe something in my system is causing a bottleneck with video playback so I checked the following things:

  1. My CPU (AMD A6-6400K) is showing core temps of between 10 and 38 degrees.
  2. CPU usage % in Task Manager is constantly between 20 & 50%. Although when opening programs such as a new browser or navigating to web pages sometimes it will hit between 80-100%. This even occurs when I'm doing nothing on the system. It can be sitting at idle around 30% usage, I open up Chrome, Firefox, etc., navigate to Netflix and my CPU will spike to around 100% usage for a couple of minutes.
  3. My RAM usage in Task Manager is usually only around 30% constantly.
  4. This behavior happens no matter the browser I use to watch the content.
  5. I tried turning off hardware acceleration in the browsers.
  6. I have low latency mode turned on in websites when it is available and I've also tried watching at lower resolutions. This doesn't really seem to help much, if at all.

I'm not too sure what my issue could be, although I know my system is starting to show it's age a bit. I only use it for watching video, playing music and light web browsing. If there could be a system bottleneck, what could it be? If it's one of my current components, does anyone have any recommendations for replacements?

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would start by using task manager. See what process is using the most cpu. Very the exe name and Google it.

Secondly if the system is indexing or updating let it do its thing. But look in task manager at your Wi-Fi or lan stats. While everything is closed is it passing traffic?

If you can troubleshoot it and narrow it down step by step. Make a Linux live flash drive see how it does or just refresh or reinstall windows. Last thing you wanna do but sometimes it's the quickest and easiest way to resolve a prpblem .

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