i have a 2012 mac mini bootcamped to windows 7, along with 3 other laptops where there is absolutely no stuttering or any other issues, so i KNOW my network is not the issue. Also, I taped a program and then watched it back on this computer and the stuttering was not occurring at the same time points, during each replay, which also rules out a networking issue.
It's some setting that needs to be changed, I just dont know what. Last night I reinstalled the OS once again, and this time I used just the default drivers available from the dell website (not the newest drivers available from intel/nvidia as I had been using). After installation, I went into the NVIDIA control panel to disable 'automatic contrast compensation' or whatever they call it in order to deal with the 29/59 issue we all are familiar with. Anyway, with the default drivers, no matter what setting i choose, the 29/59 contrast adjustments did NOTHING. NO difference if the option is checked or unchecked in the control panel. However, running windows update and getting the updated NVIDIA driver from the microsoft site fixes that issue.
So this is definitely some sort of driver/settings issue but Im definitely stumped.