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Posted November 30th, 2011 at 09:53 AM by Twiggy

  • The computer slows down when having more than 50% CPU load for more than half a minute
  • The computer randomly freezes while at stock settings for everything
  • I check temperatures and discover that the CPU is at 70 degrees C
  • I dust PC
  • Temperatures still high
  • I set fans to maximum speed, and temperatures are still high
  • I downclock the CPU to 60% of its original speed, and it still hovers around 60 degrees C at full load
Do you think I need to replace this CPU? I think it might be breaking down...
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Reapplying thermal paste between the CPU and the heat sink would probably be a cheaper alternative in the short term.
    Posted November 30th, 2011 at 11:40 AM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    Quote:
    Do you think I need to replace this CPU? I think it might be breaking down...
    Misread as "breaking dawn"

    Posted November 30th, 2011 at 11:57 AM by Truality Truality is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Twiggy's Avatar
    I think I'll just get a replacement CPU. This board supports Core 2 Duo and Quad CPUs, which are all pretty old by now. I wonder what's good?

    (I checked, and the CPU idles at 50 degrees C at current setttings with the fan blaring. It did 60 when at stock settings.)
    Posted November 30th, 2011 at 07:36 PM by Twiggy Twiggy is offline
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    You'll have to reinstall your OS if you get a replacement CPU. The drivers your OS has for the CPU are for your current CPU.
    Posted November 30th, 2011 at 08:54 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    Twiggy's Avatar
    You know...

    Right now, with reduced speed, it idles at 50, regular load = 60, extreme load = 73 and warning beeps...

    At full speed, it idles at 60, and well, everything goes downhill with more than around 25% load.
    Posted December 1st, 2011 at 01:16 AM by Twiggy Twiggy is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Small tube of thermal paste: $5-$10. Replacement CPU $50-$100.
    Posted December 1st, 2011 at 02:52 AM by donavannj donavannj is offline
 

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