PC running v slowly

If the problem appears while doing compute intensive stuff like gaming, I wonder if it might be overheating so the operating system throttles back the processors? (Note the point about the long running video stream in VLC)
 
Just windows defender at the moment but I installed and ran the free version of TotalAV last night. Might try Malwarebytes later as that seemed good in the past but I am not sure that they do the free version any more
I've always found Avast to be good
 
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That worries me as its only 1 year old!

Have you checked disk usage in Task Manager? I had a slow running PC recently and some kind of glitch was fooling my system into reporting 100% disc usage. If that is the problem it is relatively easy to fix.
Nah, pretty normal.
3% CPU and 24% memory and Opera is the biggest part of that
 
If the problem appears while doing compute intensive stuff like gaming, I wonder if it might be overheating so the operating system throttles back the processors? (Note the point about the long running video stream in VLC)
Seconded. Most modern systems will allow to to get temperature readings of CPU etc, but a hand held over key components and a visual check that fans spin when it warms up should give you a quick idea if you have a thermal issue.
 
Have you used Resmon (resource monitor) to see where the problem lies? disk, CPU, Memory. What other processes are running and using lots of resources.
Are any of your disk very full?
Fans full of dust?
 
If the problem appears while doing compute intensive stuff like gaming, I wonder if it might be overheating so the operating system throttles back the processors? (Note the point about the long running video stream in VLC)

I was going to ask: When was the last time you cleaned the PC, and what is it standing on (IE some PC's have vents on the bottom, and you don't want it on a carpet).
 

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Seconded. Most modern systems will allow to to get temperature readings of CPU etc, but a hand held over key components and a visual check that fans spin when it warms up should give you a quick idea if you have a thermal issue.
Thirded.

Check temps - Ryzens run hotter than Hades and whilst Intel are somewhat cooler, if you've got a loose CPU cooler, it won't take long before the whole system throttles back to save itself.
 
It is too early to draw any firm conclusions but giving the innards a bloody good clean seems to have helped somewhat.

On a completely unrelated note *ahem* Who knew that the glass side panels shattered so bloody easily?
 
It is too early to draw any firm conclusions but giving the innards a bloody good clean seems to have helped somewhat.

On a completely unrelated note *ahem* Who knew that the glass side panels shattered so bloody easily?
Thats one way of improving airflow/cooling.:D
 
It doesn't feel like it should work but a computer is a heat engine in terms of physics - it uses the flow of energy from a hotter source to a cooler sink to extract work.
 
Thirded.

Check temps - Ryzens run hotter than Hades and whilst Intel are somewhat cooler, if you've got a loose CPU cooler, it won't take long before the whole system throttles back to save itself.

This may be why its working better
Just a word of caution, a well designed PC controls how air flows through the system, moving air over components and through heatsinks, then sucking the warmed air out. Leaving the lid off (or broken) can mean some parts don't get enough air flow. nother big factor can be where the box is sitting. Under a desk with crap (not literally, unless you are in India) around it can mean the warm air coming out goes round and get sucked back in. "Use in a well ventilated space"
 
Just a word of caution, a well designed PC controls how air flows through the system, moving air over components and through heatsinks, then sucking the warmed air out. Leaving the lid off (or broken) can mean some parts don't get enough air flow. nother big factor can be where the box is sitting. Under a desk with crap (not literally, unless you are in India) around it can mean the warm air coming out goes round and get sucked back in. "Use in a well ventilated space"
A "gamer PC", which is what the OP's PC sounds like, will put out a lot of heat and needs close attention to cooling and air flow.

If you put your PC under your desk, then it should be raised off the floor on a solid stand to ensure it is less exposed to floor level dust, cat hair, and the like.
 
Its up on top of my desk so good airflow

Still lagging a bit today so I think I need to take it to the PC doctor
 
Its up on top of my desk so good airflow

Still lagging a bit today so I think I need to take it to the PC doctor
I foresee problems when you wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat with the realization that you forgot to clean the dodgy porn off the PC before leaving it at the shop.

Just remember that I had nothing to do with giving you the 3 TB of flat chested Asian midget lesbian S&M porn that I don't know anything about you having. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course.
 
I just discovered that, being a mong, I hadn't updated all of my drivers, including the graphics card, as I had only been using a free version of a driver updater. Have paid for the full version now and see how we get on having done a full set of 17 updates
 
I just discovered that, being a mong, I hadn't updated all of my drivers, including the graphics card, as I had only been using a free version of a driver updater. Have paid for the full version now and see how we get on having done a full set of 17 updates
Why bother paying for a Windows driver updater? Windows 10 automatically installs the latest tested drivers. Failing that, get the latest drivers from the manufacturers website.
 
I just discovered that, being a mong, I hadn't updated all of my drivers, including the graphics card, as I had only been using a free version of a driver updater. Have paid for the full version now and see how we get on having done a full set of 17 updates
What other 'free' crapware have you installed?
 

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