ill keep it nice and to the point since there's a lot to post.
Played Arma 3 for over 300 hours now over the last year. Love it to death. Ran well and never had any crash or glitch issues with the game. i had a break from the game over Christmas for about 2 weeks. Anyhow, one of the toys i got for xmas was a new SSD so i decide to take my computer apart and give it an upgrade. Turn it back on and it just restarts. Go through BIOS and in the process i had loosened the fan and it was overheating. I fix it and go ahead and partition the new SSD. i copy it over to the new SSD and load up arma and jump into a multiplayer map. Takes awhile to load and when i get in after a min or two the game freezes for 1 to 3 minutes at a time. The game doesn't crash to desktop and it recovered itself. doing the same in editor or any form SP or MP replicated this issue.
I then spent the next week trying to fix this issue. Ill list my specs and everything ive done below:
Intel i7-2600 3.4GHz
8G DDR3 Corsair 1600 ram
3x 500GB HDD
1x Samsung 840 128 GB SSD
Asus mobo (cant remember the name off the top of my head. 2 years old and its a Z-XX something. no SLI capability.)
Asus 760 GTX
What ive tried in relative order:
Turned off all mods
copied back to HDD
Deleted everything, Clean install on HDD
DL CPU Temp tracker to monitor - Max temp never exceeds the mid 60s. CPU capable of much higher temps due to sandy bridge OC capabilities.
Updated Nvidia Drivers
Installed Dev build
Uninstalled Dev Build
Task manager shows game "Not responding". Core usage drops instantly one freeze occurs.
Another clean install on SSD - reverified cache
Lowered settings to all low
Turned off TrackIR
Installed Samsung SSD 840 EVO Performance Restoration tool
updated driveres for Samsung SSD
Enabled HT (reverted once no solution)
Enabled 8 cores (reverted once no solution)
Max Mem 2047
-nologs -winxp -nobenchmark -windowed -world=empty
Made sure windows page file was not disabled
Overclocked the CPU and RAM (reverted afterwards)
What causes the freezing
Starting the game. Arma 3 logo is usualy followed by the same background without logo for 30-60 seconds then main menu appears
loading the editor. just loading the editor map can take 3 minutes. loading bar zooms then stops suddenly. then continues after pause. Sometimes load is instant. 50/50 success rate
Previewing mission in editor (loading the map). This is the same as above however the loading time is far far longer. upto 5-8 minutes. Game is not frozen or paused however as the txt for the map (Altis/Straits/VR) still gives random updating facts. 80% chance of happening
Once in mission many factors can cause the pause-loop however they are all random. Standing still does not appear to cause anything
entering a vehicle
Sometimes its every 30 seconds however every now and then nothing happens for over 20 minutes. Very inconsistent and very frustrating.
Ive got the cores and temps running through my G510 display and when theres a pause/loop all the cores drop to 2-3%. Core 0 is at an average of 40-50%. however sometimes core 2 when looping raises to 30% where it is normally at 10-20. Temps immediately drop to 40-50s when a pause happens too.
Any help would be grateful. i have also recorded the issue happening multiple times so if u need video i can provide too. i really really want to play arma 3 again but im having absolutely zero progress :(