Firstly, here are the specs of the box. Brand new, just built it 2 days ago:
Athlon 64 3500+ Venice (stock heat and fan) Asus A8V mobo 1 GB Corsair PC3200 Rosewill RP550W PSU ATI 800XT AIW
I am not sure if I have a problem or not, but it just doesn't seem right. The processor seems to be running ok and is not overheating. I haven't started to try and OC it yet (not sure if I am even going to). After a burn in overnight, idle's at 28C. Running Oblivion it gets up to about 42C (that seems like a big jump, but as i said, i haven't upgraded the Heats and fan yet). Anyway...
What I have been noticing is some serious spikes in CPU usage. Whenever I open a program (IE, Office, anything), the processor will jump to 100% usage. It doesn't stay up there for long, but I don't imagine loading a simple prog like IE would cause the processor to go full blast. Another thing i noticed as i was un'raring some files, is the CPU stayed at 100% usage for the entire time it took unrar it. Can't very well do anything else when the CPU is already taken.
Do I have a defective processor, or am i being paranoid...
did you do a clean install of windows with latest drivers? have you tried a bios update? also, what is the hard drive you are using thats running windows along with other hard drives that are in your computer if you have more.
AMD Opteron 165
ASUS A8N-SLi Deluxe
PNY 2x512MB DDR500
WD 2x160 / WD 250
ASUS 16x DVD-ROM / NEC 16x DVD-RW
Ultra X-Finity 600