Is Your CPU Slowing Down Your PC?

March 16, 2017 | By @IVANZXT | PCDIY

When it comes to CPUs, they’re not all that different than our brains.

Like computers, our brains have a centralized location inside of it where most of the information we think about is processed. This is critical to understanding, because all too often, people assume that their information is just going to continue to thrive without any sorts of issues. While we’re not concerned with our actual brains (or are we?), the truth is, our computers aren’t that much different.

As time goes on, instead of neurons breaking down, our computer’s processing power breaks down. And when this happens, it means you need to upgrade your PC.

But how can you tell if your CPU needs to be updated. Well, here are just a few things to keep in mind so you never have any CPU issues going forward.

Signs of a CPU Slowdown

When the computer begins to “slow down,” this should be your first warning sign that something is whacky with the CPU. The CPU is like the brain, so if it takes longer than it usually does to load a certain video game or to run certain programs, that is a pretty good indicator that something wrong is afoot. Aside from that, you can also run some diagnostic scans on your PC and use CAM to monitor CPU load and temperatures.

When you build something from the ground up, more than likely, you’ll know precisely what locations or circuits need to be upgraded. Sometimes, the entire PC as a whole needs to be upgraded, but that’s precisely why it’s important to run a diagnostic scan of the computer in its entirety before deciding to install a new CPU. You won’t know what’s wrong until you pinpoint the problem.

Here are some common signs it’s time to upgrade your CPU:

  • programs take longer to load
  • programs keep crashing and/or freezing
  • PC takes longer to boot up and shut down
  • CPU temperatures and/or CPU loads spike at odd times
  • FPS drops while playing video games (this could also be your GPU)

Switch in a New CPU

If things have dramatically slowed down to the point where it’s almost impossible to run the programs you love to frequently use, then it might be time to switch out the CPU for something different. Installing a CPU is a relatively easy thing to do, but in case you don’t know how, take a look at some YouTube videos and read some how-to articles before taking the plunge. Once a new CPU is installed, you should get back all the performance that was previously causing harm to your PC.

With your new CPU installed, you should also take a look at how you’re cooling it. Stock cooling solutions may be OK for people who don’t push their PC to the limits or don’t play video games, but odds are you probably need a little extra performance. That’s why I recommend you install an aftermarket CPU cooler like the NZXT Kraken Series which keeps your PC looking and feeling cool!

Is your PC slowing you down? If so, what are you going to do about it?

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