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Diagnosing my Dying Computer

So recently when playing in any games ranging from low resource E Sports titles to playing high resource games my computer starts freezing in the middle of me playing, sometime crashing the game and sometimes coming back. I've also experienced a number of these games I'm playing now running at a significantly lower FPS and I don't know what's causing it. So thanks in advance for helping me with my issue!

My Specs:
CPU: i5-6500
GPU: AMD R9 380
RAM: 16Gbs of HyperX ram?
MOBO: Gigabyte H110M-A-CF
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB, Toshiba 750Gb (Old from a laptop)
SSD: SanDisk 250Gb (Boot Drive)
PSU: 500W Fractal Design Gold
OS: Windows 10
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  1. Is the 380 a triple fan model?

    If so your FD Gold PSU is likely under powered.
  2. Have you installed the latest AMD drivers for your card?

    The FD PSUs are not terrible but not in the great category either. If it is a few years old then the capacitors may have aged enough to not be able to output quite enough power anymore. I would still try putting a replacement PSU in there, if you cant borrow from anyone then perhaps you can buy/return one form local store.
  3. Your PSU is most likely good. Let's do the math:
    190 + 65 + 40 + 40 = 335W
    GPU CPU MOBO OTHER
    If that's a Fractal Design Tesla R2, it's a good PSU.
    Download HWMonitor and monitor the GPU and CPU usage when you lagg
  4. Yeah I installed the latest drivers yesterday and still no help so I know rolling back a driver won't help and I can try to borrow a PSU but idk how long that will take and I think i've had this PSU for around at least 2 years this December will be 3. Plus if it's not the PSU I'm guessing it's the GPU? Oh and I already run MSI AfterBurner and the CPU or GPU doesn't seem to be overheating or running highly.
  5. Look at the utilization percentages, GPU needs to be at almost 100% all the time.
  6. So while playing a couple of games I've noted that my GPU is usually sitting at 100% but my CPU fluctuates from 40% to 75% depending on what games I'm playing
  7. Alex411 said:
    So while playing a couple of games I've noted that my GPU is usually sitting at 100% but my CPU fluctuates from 40% to 75% depending on what games I'm playing

    That is your problem, if it isn't overheating (under 100C), I suggest doing a stress test, like Prime95 and see what happens.
  8. So after running Prime95 for 3 hours on Blend without any failures I'm kinda at a loss for what could be the issue, it's highest temperature was only 74 degrees Celsius so I know that's not bad. Any more suggestions?
  9. Well, you can try playing games on the SSD if you were playing on the HDD before.
  10. Can any of those E-sports titles run on your integrated graphics? It would give you a chance to see whether it's your 380, or another component or software issue.
  11. So I just ran two E Sport Titles on my SSD, they seemed to run pretty fine. I guess I'll try and check my HDD for errors and stuff.

    Just scanned my HDD with the windows drive checker, came clean with no errors.
  12. Came clean, but that's probably a 5400RPM HDD, if it's very old, it might be worn out. Laptop HDD's usually wear out much faster, because you move it while it's working and that's not good for it.
  13. Well for the most part that HDD is empty and i run most my games on the 1tb Seagate. But this is the wierd thing, I played games all day destiny 2 beta and overwatch and everything ran well until just a few moments my pc started randomly crashing a lot and required a hard restart by flicking the psu switch on the back. The scariest one was when I had just restarted my pc and after logging in it just froze, like it didn't have enough power to post 100%. Also while able to play overwatch after a recoverable crash I got an error saying that my rendering device had been lost, in which I'm assuming means that it's something to do with my gpu.
  14. Best answer
    Alex411 said:
    Well for the most part that HDD is empty and i run most my games on the 1tb Seagate. But this is the wierd thing, I played games all day destiny 2 beta and overwatch and everything ran well until just a few moments my pc started randomly crashing a lot and required a hard restart by flicking the psu switch on the back. The scariest one was when I had just restarted my pc and after logging in it just froze, like it didn't have enough power to post 100%. Also while able to play overwatch after a recoverable crash I got an error saying that my rendering device had been lost, in which I'm assuming means that it's something to do with my gpu.


    Yes, it has to do with the GPU. That is usually fixed by installing new or old stable drivers.
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