ok, i'm not sure when this started or if it was kinda there already or what. i do know that it IS getting worse and i'm tired of it. my pc is hiccupping a lot. more so when i am running applications. playing games is where i started to see it. i would get a slight pause. nothing else, just a slight pause. that's what i get still, but is happening more often. outside of games too. at the desktop while chatting on msn or playing winamp. getting slight pauses. maybe my cpu? videocard? drivers? xp? maybe a bios update prob? the board started with 1.05. then i updated to 1.07 and more recently 1.08. can't remember if prob started at 1.05 or 7 or 8. don't know. maybe not enough or to much arctic silver? should a person take the cpu out and reinstall after a bios update? lol, i'm not sure. anyone have some clues for me? hell, some answers? like to keep talking about this, but gotta run to work. thx for any comments.