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CPU Performance Issues

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February 21, 2010 11:56:26 PM

Ok so for about 3 or 4 months now my computer has been running slower then it should based on its specs. I first noticed it in games, so Not thinking about the GPU at first, and my GPU temps being up around 102 C, I decided to get a new one. After installing my new HD 5850 from my old HD 4850, I noticed little to nothing performance upgrade. I ran benchmarks on the GPU to see if it was working at proper performance and it got great scores.

Now that I know it is not the GPU or the hard drive because I just picked up a Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB, and reinstalled my OS, I can only conclude the CPU. I have a Intel core 2 duo E8400, and and Asus p5q pro motherboard. Is there any test to make sure it is running properly, because I am running out of reason for the lack of performance. With my computer overall performance loading slowly and applications hanging I am thinking it is the CPU.

I have eliminated all the other variables it is either the CPU or the motherboard, can anyone help me out.

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February 22, 2010 12:25:54 AM

Did you check the temperatures of everything else. The GPU overheating is one thing, the CPU overheating is another. If you haven't an aftermarket cooler yet, I suggest you get one. It could be your CPU that's overheating and throttling itself.

Make sure that the NB/SB coolers are properly making contact with the NB/SB. They can throttle, too.
February 22, 2010 12:39:48 AM

The temps seem to fine, the graphics card never gets hotter then it should. My CPU does have an aftermarket cooler and never goes above 50C