Question is Windows 10 crashing after fresh build?

Mar 31, 2020
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Hi everybody, new to this forum, hope I am posting the right place. I built a new PC lately, and have been having issues. Let me explain.
Recently I purchased a new mobo and CPU, and used most of my old parts. I put it all together, and installed Windows 10. Everything worked perfectly. 30 minutes into using windows lightly, I jammed in two usb drives at once... and she croaked. My PC had froze up. This continues to happen when I use Windows. Now lately, a blue screen would apper with the error code CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT. Help me guys!

Specs:
Ryzen 5 3600 w/ cooler included
MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max
GeForce GTX 1060
550w PSU (now 700)
2x4GB Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz
1TB HDD
500GB SSD

What I have tried so far (not in order)
-Switching RAM slots
-Switching order of RAM sticks
-Adding a tiny extra thermal paste
-Ran tests on CPU (everything seemed fine)
-Updating windows (Crashes before it is finished downloading)
-Updated BIOS (twice)
-Increased CPU voltage
-Replaced 550 PSU with 700 PSU
-Unplugged HDD and instead installed Windows on SSD
-Installed mobo drivers
-Install GPU driver (will not update until Windows is updated)
-Made sure the standoffs werent interfering with mobo

These are the only causes I can come up with:
  1. GPU is defective
  2. RAM is defective
3 The first PSU was defective, and permanently damaged components, making the second PSU ineffective.

Any suggestions I am willing to try. Thank you.

EDIT: It's worth noting that I do not experience issues in places like BIOS or Windows Setup. Only when I actually using the OS does it happen.
 

onespeedbiker

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The BSOD CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT , is from your CPU, probably the result of you increasing the voltage. Return the voltage to the default level. "Unplugged HDD and instead installed Windows on SSD" needs more explanation; did you first load windows on your hdd and not the ssd?. When you first installed Windows did you have any drive attached other that the install media and target drive? if so, that could be part of your problem as Windows often installs the boot partition on a hard drive, even if you chose the ssd and the ssd is first in the boot order.
 

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