Make sure you're on a fast CPU, Core 2 Duo / Quad or i-Series, 2.0GHz per CPU or faster. Atom, Celeron and older AMD processors will not be adequate. Entry level sub $500 laptops many of which do not have enough power for real time audio and run very slow (4200 RPM or 5400 RPM green friendly storage drives) which cannot sustain ASIO audio operations.
Run this tool called DPC Latency Checker to see if your computer can handle real time audio: http://www.thesycon.de/eng/latency_check.shtml
. Read the information on that page as it will help you understand what else contributes to poor audio performance for DAW recording systems.
Memory plays an important factor, Windows 7 systems can get by with 4GB of RAM, but 8GB or better is recommended. Win 8.1 and Win 10 systems need 8GB or more to run effectively. Also Hard Drive Speed plays a big role, if you are recording to your system drive this can impact your sound in a big way, use a 2nd hard drive (USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt) to record and play back your session audio files. If your system driver is an SSD, then this may be less of an issue.