I have a strange bug that won't go away, even with a clean install

Rust crashes fairly soon after getting into a game. I get in and wake up and almost immediately I can’t type in chat nor can I interact with anything however I can move around and I can see chat updating and things happening. Soon after I get kicked for unresponsive and the game crashes. I have been able to play this game up until about a month or 2 ago. I don’t know what happened but perhaps there is something I missed that may fix this issue. I will list specs below. I should point out that I have been playing on this same machine since legacy way back around first release. I’ve never had a similar issue that i’m aware of and my PC is still well and good and plays every other game I have fine. My graphics drivers were updated today in trying to resolve this issue as well as copying over a friends copy and completely downloading and reinstalling rust. Any help or advice greatly appreciated. Reddit was basically unresponsive.
THANKS

specs:
i5 3570k @ 3.40Ghz
Asus GTX 660 latest nvidia drivers
16GB 2300Mhz RAM
64bit Windows 10 latest updates as far as i’m aware