Okay I'm having the most bizarre of problems I've ever come across. Here is the basic overview: whenever I load up a game to play (Rift, Deus Ex, World of Tanks) the game would play fine visually and run smoothly, but then the sound would begin to hiccup and skip randomly or in some cases reloop the same 3 seconds of play over and over till the game would freeze and crash to desktop. This has happened several times even in Firefox browser when trying to watch videos. Now the bizarre aspect is if I run Winamp and listen to music or chat in Ventrilo, my sound never skips, and there is no issues. But if I run a game with winamp playing in the background, the music would skip and begin to affect my gameplay. I've done a thorough check of my laptop's inside for dust buildup and proper ventilation with no luck.
Software wise I've uninstalled both my sound and video drivers and done fresh installs for both with no success. I am at a complete loss as to what could be causing this issue. System specs are as follows:
Asus Notebook G73Jh Series
Intel® Core i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz
6.00 GB RAM
Windows 7 64-bit
Realtek High Definition Audio Ver. 220.127.116.1178
AMD High Definition Audio Ver. 18.104.22.16802
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Ver. 8.683.0.0
(Catalyst Control Center was removed while the problem was still present, had no effect and is currently uninstalled)
Any help or thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. I have done virus/spyware scans and have shown clean sweeps. I do not believe this is a malicious data issue.