I replaced my motherboard, graphics card, and RAM all in one swoop, and did a fresh install of Windows 10 using Microsoft's media creation tool
. It started randomly freezing even before I was through the installation. I managed to reboot my way through the freezes, and I installed updated drivers for the graphics card and all the updated drivers from the motherboard manufacturer. I checked for a flash update for the motherboard/UEFI. I still got random freezes! So, I ran chkdsk for bad sectors on my SSD, ran the Windows memory diagnostic, ran Intel's CPU diagnostic tool, ran the Windows system file checker, and disconnected the DVD drive. And I still got random freezes!! I tried running Windows "reset," and it froze during that process. So, I pulled out the graphics card, disconnected the ethernet cable, reset the UEFI settings, and tried reinstalling Windows again from USB---and it froze twice during the process. CPU temp is good.
At this point, it's just a power supply that never gave me trouble before (and which is 500W vs the 230W that pcpartspicker thinks I'll need), motherboard with native video, CPU, SSD, USB keyboard/mouse, and the USB drive with the installation files. (I ran a read/write check on the USB drive, too.) I double-checked and reseated all the connections. And it still
can't make it through setup without randomly freezing at different points.
I don't know what to do, so I figure I'll return the motherboard. Am I crazy? Is there anything I haven't tried?
(If it matters, the motherboard is an AS Rock Z370 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151, the CPU is an Intel Core i5 8400, and the RAM is two Corsair 8G Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000. The graphics card, now uninstalled, is a Radeon Pro WX 3100.)