Hello - this is my first message (I'm new to this). I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem I'm having with my new pc. I've had it for about 12 days, and unfortunately I'm a complete noob with PCs. I bought a game that I was told was great to play, and a good way of testing my computer's performance; namely Crysis. After installing the game, I started playing and before too long, a little pop-up message came up in the bottom right of my screen warning me of "high cpu usage" . When I clicked into the "details & settings", it said that the game was using "100% of at least one cpu". I have NO IDEA what that means, or how to resolve the issue. Here are the specs of my pc to give an idea of what I'm running.
Case: COOLERMASTER HAF X
CPU: i7-3770k (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache
Mboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX:3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI CrossFireX
Memory: 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz
Graphics Card: 1.25GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 570
Processor Cooling: SUPER QUIET 22 dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER
Power Supply:600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
Drive: 120 GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD (Game installed here)
I dont' think it's a heating issue; the case has four big fans and the cpu cooler as well. And if that's not enough, I've got a fan in the room the pc is in pointed directly at the pc, keeping everything nice and cool (I presume). I will say this; in the games settings, the graphics are set to very high - is this the cause? I've played it in the optimum settings recommended by the game (high) but even then, the warning came. There are times when I can play and there's no warning, and then times when the game warns me, then crashes altogether shortly after. I have to say, I was stunned when it happened the first time. I was assured the pc I bought was more than adequate to play any of today's latest and most demanding games and yet my pc was crashing with a game that is 5 years old! I have noticed that it tends to happen at certain stages in the game: when a particularly tough challenge awaits (fighting helicopters or numerous people). Is it something that I've done, or is it something I haven't done? I don't have anything else running at the same time time; just the game itself. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!