Question Why are all of my computer components performing so far below expectation?

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Hello all! :)

My computer has started being much slower than usual recently and I have decided to run a benchmark test to see which components were letting me down. My computer is fairly old and some of the components have never been replaced so I expected there to be some weak parts, but I was shocked to find that, according to the benchmark test, nearly all of my components are performing far below expected. Does anyone here know what would be causing such an issue?

https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56180128

Edit: better test with less background cpu usage: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56182108

Above is the link to the benchmark test. I have new RAM on the way but other than that I cannot afford to replace everything all at once. I am considering buying a new CPU soon but would first like to know why my existing parts are performing so far below expectations.

For reference, the computer is about 10 years old, but I have, over time, replaced several of the components such as the GPU and Hard Drives. The motherboard, PSU and GPU are all stock from when I first bought it though.

Additionally, I pretty much only use my computer for gaming but rarely play anything on high graphics settings.

Please let me know if there's any further info I can add

Thanks :)
 
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Eximo

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It tells you right on the page. You apparently are using 40% of your CPU for something else during the test, and your system has been up for 14 days. You need to have everything else closed and do this after a fresh reboot, wait for the system to go completely idle then run the test again.
 
Hello all! :)

My computer has started being much slower than usual recently and I have decided to run a benchmark test to see which components were letting me down. My computer is fairly old and some of the components have never been replaced so I expected there to be some weak parts, but I was shocked to find that, according to the benchmark test, nearly all of my components are performing far below expected. Does anyone here know what would be causing such an issue?

https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56180128

Above is the link to the benchmark test. I have new RAM on the way but other than that I cannot afford to replace everything all at once. I am considering buying a new CPU soon but would first like to know why my existing parts are performing so far below expectations.

For reference, the computer is about 10 years old, but I have, over time, replaced several of the components such as the GPU and Hard Drives. The motherboard, PSU and GPU are all stock from when I first bought it though.

Additionally, I pretty much only use my computer for gaming but rarely play anything on high graphics settings.

Please let me know if there's any further info I can add

Thanks :)
Run ubm like this.

Reboot.
Wait a few mins.
Run ubm with the browser closed.
Post a LINK to the results page.
 

Ralston18

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Update your post to include full system hardware specs and OS information.

Use Task Manager, Resource Monitor, and Process Explorer to learn more about what your system is doing (or trying to do) when performance is low.

Use all three tools but only one tool at a time.

Process Explorer (Microsoft, free) will probably need to be downloaded.

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

Objective being to discover what system resources are being used, to what extent ( % ), and what is using any given resource.

For example, you may discover via Task Manager that all sorts of unnecessary apps are being launched at startup.

Or maybe that a disk drive is almost full. Maybe some buggy or corrupted update or app.

Could be any number of reasons.....

Post accordingly.
 
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It tells you right on the page. You apparently are using 40% of your CPU for something else during the test, and your system has been up for 14 days. You need to have everything else closed and do this after a fresh reboot, wait for the system to go completely idle then run the test again.
Run ubm like this.

Reboot.
Wait a few mins.
Run ubm with the browser closed.
Post a LINK to the results page.
I dont know why it was saying my system has been up for 14 days as I just turned it on this morning, but i did a full reboot and had everything possible closed and re-ran the benchmark test, here are the results, with much lower background cpu:

https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56182108
 

Eximo

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A shut down is not a reboot. That is now a form of hibernation by default.

If I had to guess, I would say your CPU is overheating. Showing an average of 2.3Ghz. Check your temperatures under load. You might just need to repaste the cooler, or the fan isn't working properly. Also dust, might need a good clean.
 
I dont know why it was saying my system has been up for 14 days as I just turned it on this morning, but i did a full reboot and had everything possible closed and re-ran the benchmark test, here are the results, with much lower background cpu:

https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56182108
As has been mentioned turn off hibernation......see google.

Check cpu temp and do a little cleaning.

Tell what you do and post another ubm.
 
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A shut down is not a reboot. That is now a form of hibernation by default.

If I had to guess, I would say your CPU is overheating. Showing an average of 2.3Ghz. Check your temperatures under load. You might just need to repaste the cooler, or the fan isn't working properly. Also dust, might need a good clean.
As has been mentioned turn off hibernation......see google.

Check cpu temp and do a little cleaning.

Tell what you do and post another ubm.
I took everything apart, cleaned out as much dust as I could, and put in new thermal paste. The new results are here: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56189025 though they are very similar to the pre-cleaning ones. My cpu is quite hot, however, despite the new thermal paste. HWiNFO is reporting an average temperature of around 98 C. It could be time to get a new CPU, but I am still concerned that there is something else causing problems, as I dont think it should be struggling this much.
 

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I took everything apart, cleaned out as much dust as I could, and put in new thermal paste. The new results are here: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56189025 though they are very similar to the pre-cleaning ones. My cpu is quite hot, however, despite the new thermal paste. HWiNFO is reporting an average temperature of around 98 C. It could be time to get a new CPU, but I am still concerned that there is something else causing problems, as I dont think it should be struggling this much.
98C does not indicate getting a new CPU.

Rather, something is amiss with your cooling situation.
 
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98C does not indicate getting a new CPU.

Rather, something is amiss with your cooling situation.
I agree, though I am not sure how to help, since I have just put new thermal paste in there and cleaned the cpu fan as thoroughly as I can. Is there anything else I can do to help?
 
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This is an i7-3770, with a stock Intel cooler?

Intel coolers of that era were notoriously cranky about being properly mounted.
It is quite difficult to mount in the first place, as the back of my computer's case doesn't come off and the fan is secured by a board on the back of the motherboard which falls off every time I unscrew it. Just to apply new paste I had to remove the motherboard entirely. Is there any way I would know if I had mounted it incorrectly? Additionally, would it be worth just buying a new and better fan?
 
The typical problem is that 3 of the 4 corners are correct and the remaining corner is not quite snugged down, so your cooling performance suffers a lot.

It is difficult to detect by eye, but possible.

It's adequate if mounted correctly. If not, it's useless.

I have NO idea if that is your problem, but I'd be highly suspicious.

Decent third party coolers avoid that issue because they have a totally different mounting mechanism.

Intel used to have a video of proper mounting technique. It may or may not still be available at Intel or Youtube. It is an MP4, a few minutes in length.
 
I took everything apart, cleaned out as much dust as I could, and put in new thermal paste. The new results are here: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/56189025 though they are very similar to the pre-cleaning ones. My cpu is quite hot, however, despite the new thermal paste. HWiNFO is reporting an average temperature of around 98 C. It could be time to get a new CPU, but I am still concerned that there is something else causing problems, as I dont think it should be struggling this much.
The 98C has to be fixed first.

Look close at the cooling fins on the heat sink over time they can get packed with crud.

Did you turn off hibernation?
 

Tolis_GR

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User benchmark clearly points that you are running on single core. You have disabled the cores either in your bios settings or windows settings. Temp issue has probably arisen after the clean up due to bad mount of the cooler.
 

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