I recently purchased a new windows 8 desktop. Everything was running fine until last night, when my CPU started to hang/freeze on certain actions (e.g. opening a browser, file folder, or program) and it has gotten worse since. Today, I could not change windows, start a program, switch to desktop, or almost anything else with at least 20+ seconds of freeze. There were also multiple occasions where I had to manually shut down my computer due to the length and severity of the freeze.
I have removed all recently installed programs, deleted all recently downloaded items, ran multiple virus scans and performance checks, and tried to adjust the settings. I am not really sure where to go from here, as I am not sure if it is a Windows 8 issue or a hardware issue.
My CPU is a CyberpowerPC with a 3.5GHz i7 processor, 8 Gb of RAM, and a Nvidia GTX650 graphics card. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as there are no other forum questions with the same scenario as I have.
Thank you for your time