Computer constantly freezing/crashing

Jul 22, 2019 12:49PM PDT

So pretty much, the problem started with me trying to play a game, any game whether it was apex, BF4, Rocket league etc. As soon as I was about to enter a game/lobby it would freeze up and I would have to restart my computer. Then it started randomly happening right after windows 10 would love and I would get to my desktop.

This doesn't happen on every restart, but I also have been getting the windows 10 boot repair and none of those options have helped me out.

I have reset my computer, and reinstalled windows a couple of times now and the problem still persists.

Just in case it helps, here is an exact build of my computer:

I am having a bad feeling something hardware related is going south but am not too sure.

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The parts list looks fine.
Jul 22, 2019 1:28PM PDT

The only thing is that many parts shipped in 2013 so this may be the old issue where the owner used it for years and there are simple (?) issues like dried, cracked heatsink compound, fans that have slowed, heatsinks and more caked in dust and such.

Tell me what you do to clean your PC and is it worth the usual "old PC" cleanup, fan check and new compounds?

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Jul 22, 2019 2:33PM PDT

There has been a decent gap (over a year) Where I wasn't using the computer too much and wasn't really cleaning it. I tried to clean it the best I could this morning but still see a lot of dust within my computer. I usually get compressed air and spray that around to get rid of the dust but haven't done that yet since I can't find any compressed air bottles around right now, everywhere is out of stock..

I would say my computer is worth the old pc cleanup, all of the fans work, and I am not sure what you mean by new compounds.

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At 5 years
Jul 22, 2019 3:45PM PDT

You sometimes find the heatsink compound has dried and cracked. So at this age you get a first pass with the canned air to get the majority of the dust and lint out then replace heatsink compound under the usual CPU, GPU and bridge chips on the motherboard.

After it's done you fire it up and do the fan check. The criteria for fans is simple. They work like new or they get replaced. Home users may not do this but we run a repair shop so we can't have returns because a fan that ran slowly wasn't replaced.

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Sounds good!
Jul 26, 2019 9:46AM PDT

With other research I have been doing, this seems like this could be the problem I am running into. Thank you for your knowledge and sharing it with me. Will definitely check out the heatsink compound and then do a fan check.

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