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I recently moved to a new house, got a new computer, and upgraded from Win7 to Win8. When I go on a webpage, the browser goes into the white loading screen for about 5-10 seconds, then everything loads almost instantly. It doesn't matter if I go on a media-heavy webpage or a simple webpage, they all take the same time. For videos, it takes 5-10 seconds to open the webpage, but I can watch 1080 videos without any lag.

My connection speed is 25Mb up, 1Mb down. Speedtest.net: http://www.speedtest.net/result/3273746569.png

This problem only occurs on my desktop, which is connected to the router using an ethernet cable. This problem occurs in both my browsers: Chrome and Firefox. My PHP scripts also take a long time to fetch pages, so it isn't my browser's issue. I tried pinging several websites. Half the websites take about 10-50ms, and the other half timed out.

I'm thinking there's an issue with my computer when it initially establishes a connection with a website. How do I find the issue?

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Going to have to do some more trouble shooting on your end to narrow this down. First, I would see if other computers on your network have the same issue. Try to isolate where the problem is and work from there. –  canadmos Feb 1 at 0:35
    
Oh right, I forgot to mention that this only occurs on a desktop connected to the router using a Cat6 wire. All of my other devices work fine. –  Linksku Feb 1 at 0:58

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This sounds like a nameserver issue. Think about what happens when you request a domain:

1) You request a port at a domain (some website)

2) It checks it DNS cache for the correct address.

3) If not found it queries the DNS server defined in your interfaces. ( I would assume this is your problem here )

4) DNS server repsonds with correct IP and you query the site.

I would bet your DNS server is set to localhost, and its taking a long time to find an authoritative server.

Try setting your DNS server to 8.8.8.8 (Googles DNS) and you should find your answer.

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Oddly enough, I switched my DNS server from Google's server to Dyn's server and my connection became a bit faster (I was using Google's before). However, there's still a 2-5 second delay about half the time. –  Linksku Feb 3 at 5:16
    
Find your ISPs DNS servers and use those instead. It will be a little better –  steve Feb 3 at 5:23

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