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Urgent: PC runs slow before crashing

Please, I don't know what else to do.

One day last week, my PC started crashing all programs suddenly starting with Chrome, shortly before going to the black screen of Death.

I first formatted the hard drives to see if that was the problem. Nothing. Anti-virus scan? Nope. Then I used benchmark and it told me my CPU, GPU, and RAM were dying, so I decided to replace those.

In the end, everything but the HDDs is new. Last night, when I booted it for the first time, and today morning, everything worked just fine. Then 30 minutes ago, it all started crashing again! Please, I don't know what to do! Do I have to get new drives?

The PC runs normally for about 3 minutes before becoming super slow then crashing. With this I can't even create a Windows 10 USB to boot another drive.

My specs:

Motherboard: Asus PRIME A430M-K
GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 ti
RAM: 2x4 GB DDR4
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600
PSU: EVGA 500W
Drives: Toshiba 1TB and WD Blue 1TB

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Nothing there tells me it's the HDDs.

Let's start with some Ryzen system basics and have you share the Web Speccy report.

Ryzen basics.
1. The BIOS SHALL be current. Some push back on this and for those we don't accept them into the repair shop. This is non-negotiable because it's fixed so many over the years.
2. The drivers SHALL be what the maker calls out. No relying on Microsoft or driver finders.
3. Fans and heatsinks are checked and then the temps are monitored.

With those basics out of the way, share a Web Speccy and let's see if it shows us something to work on. Be sure to note any oddities like an Windows Activation Crack, prior ransomware or malware issues.

Read how to share the report at https://www.piriform.com/docs/speccy/using-speccy/publishing-a-speccy-profile-to-the-web

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I'm sorry for being a newbie

Uhm, ok. I sort of understand what you say. I'm no computer savvy, so I apologize if I come across as stupid.

How do I update the BIOS? As I mentioned, the pc slows down then crashes after mere minutes of booting Windows. I literally don't know where to start to get the updated drivers.

Fans are working... That's pretty much everything I can tell you with my limited knowledge on the subject.

One thing I can tell you is that I used to have Windows 10 cracked. My previous pc was built by a friend and he installed the crack. However, after I formatted my PC and wiped out the drives, I bought a legitimate activation key.

Uhmm I hope I'm not forgetting anything here. So, it's not the drives? I believe I should note they are 5 and 7 years old.

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With the crash happening in minutes after boot

You would not update the bios but open the case and see if the heatsinks are in place the fans on them work.

I apologize if I wrote as if anything stupid was going on. It's not. Everyone starts somewhere.

It sounds like the heatsink has fallen off or the fans are unplugged.

If it stays on long enough, the speccy report could really set a direction.

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All fans are ok

I had one of the panels open last night when I tested it. All 7 fans (3 in the case, 1 CPU, 1 PSU, 2 GPU) are working properly, and none of them are falling off or anything.

When the BIOS booted up for the first time, it said the initial temp of everything was around 30 °C.

The speccy report you mention... How can I run it if PC crashes everything super fast?

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We start by staying in the BIOS.

And watching to see if the CPU temp goes up and if it crashes in the BIOS.

As to the fans falling off, my usual find is the HEATSINK is not seated on the devices (we look at all things that have heatsinks, not just the CPU.)

If it won't run long enough to get a Speccy you are back to the BIOS to watch if the heat there is going up. And if that's fine then you strip the machine of any extra things. One drive or none, one stick of RAM and so on.

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