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October 19, 2013 11:10:05 AM

My PC recently became too slow. If I restart it, then it's supper fast, but after 30 min or so it becomes slow again. As I am typing this, the words seems to take several seconds to show up.

I have Win 7. It's an Athlon II X4. 4GB RAM. 128GB Crucial SSD. I only use it web for browsing and streaming. I think this is a decent PC for the purpose.

I have AVG Antirvirus on schedule to run twice a week. I also have Malwarebytes that I update and run almost every day.

I just don't understand why it suddenly become so slow after 30 minutes or so of boot up.

Any suggestions?

Much appreciated.

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October 19, 2013 11:13:29 AM

my first thought is 'overheating' check the temps first
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October 19, 2013 11:32:19 AM

Gauravat19 said:
my first thought is 'overheating' check the temps first




really? that's the last thing i would have thought.

i don't do any gaming or overclocking. how do i check the temp?

thanks
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October 19, 2013 11:46:17 AM

download hwmonitor and did u install more than 1 antivirus? it really slows down the system
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October 19, 2013 11:51:25 AM

nope. i have only 1 antivirus running.
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October 19, 2013 11:53:33 AM

post your temps from hwmonitor or realtemp
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October 19, 2013 11:55:03 AM

do you hear the cpu fan whirring up? noisier than usual?
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October 19, 2013 12:05:15 PM

it didnt read ur cpu temp try coretemp and judging by ur fan speeds 99% imo there is overheating, try diff software then post the temp
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October 19, 2013 12:15:41 PM

here's coretemp. doesn't seem to be reading my CPU temp?


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October 19, 2013 12:19:15 PM

open the case cover and see if fan is spinning very fast , let it be open for a while and then try to use the pc , if shuggishness reduces we know ur cpu is overheating

restart the pc , get into the bios , there must be a tab for tempertures n read it there
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October 19, 2013 12:33:06 PM

you mean checking the CPU fan to see if it's spinning really fast right?
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October 19, 2013 12:35:50 PM

yes n keep the cover off for a while to let it cool down
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October 19, 2013 1:02:25 PM

i just went into BIOS to check my CPU temp

it says 52C (125.5F)

that sounds like it's really hot to me


i don't understand, i am not doing any CPU intensive stuff like gaming or overclocking it.
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October 19, 2013 1:19:06 PM

how many year old ur pc is? did u open the cover n let the system cool down? if it becomes fast again then remove the cpu fan clean the base plate put on some cpu cooing paste eg:arctic silver (look up on newegg.com) and reseat the cpu and please download all the relevant removing and appling paste etc videos from youtube onto ur cell or tab so it would be handy when u actually perform the task .

if my answer helps choose it as the solution :) 
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October 19, 2013 1:22:45 PM

it's probably 2-3 yrs old.

and i dust the inside every couple of months with a pressure can. mostly dusting the cpu fan and gfx card fan.
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October 19, 2013 1:23:24 PM

btw, you have any idea why coretemp and hwmonitor didn't read my cpu temp?
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October 19, 2013 1:29:39 PM

well that's an AMD issue , AMD has only one probe to read the temps, well some software support it some dont, i mostly have intel builds , so i tried on my a8 4500m laptop, well it didnt read em, maybe aida64 can i think so or sisSandra

If you know how to apply the thermal paste do it right away and for the last tym did u run the pc with the case cover off? any change in performance?
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October 19, 2013 1:31:28 PM

yup. i took the cover off. but it's still sluggish.

maybe i'll go get some thermal paste
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October 19, 2013 1:31:46 PM

and thanks for helping out
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October 19, 2013 1:34:57 PM

that's a great idea, keep me posted ! :) 
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October 19, 2013 1:38:21 PM

maybe i also need a new cpu fan/heatsink?

any guesstions on fan/heatsink for an ADM Athlon II X4?
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October 19, 2013 1:39:31 PM

your temps 50+ are okay IF ur running a benchmark app like prime95 which really stresses d cpu, but at idle thats way too high , just apply the thermal paste n imo it will run fine again .
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October 19, 2013 1:42:16 PM

you are not oc-ing and i dont think you need a new fan or cooling set up just a clean up and new layer of paste n ur PC is back to normal
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October 26, 2013 10:49:50 AM

Ok, I've bought 2 cans of of duster and throughly cleaned the inside of the PC with special attention to the CPU heatsink/fan.

I've also bough Artic MX-2 and applied it. My CPU temp is now around 26C with 36C being maxed.

I don't think this is due to the CPU overheating, but my PC is still slow after the above applications.

Is there anything else I should look at?
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