Is your CPU dying?


A CPU is one of those PC components that is both the subject of immense awe (wow! It’s 3.8Ghz monster with that much cache?!) and hair-pulling frustration (why does my darn PC always restart and make that alarming beeping sound!).One of the biggest risks of buying a processor is that there is a chance that you may actually purchase a lemon. The worst thing about this though is that a CPU, once it is found to be broken, cannot be fixed. You will have no choice but to replace it. It won’t be a problem if the processor is still within its warranty period. But if it’s not then you can kiss the money you paid for it goodbye and prepare to bleed while you buy a new one.

If you do get a dead processor you basically have two choices, replace it with a processor of the same “model” or get a new system. Of course, getting a replacement for the processor is more cost effective but with the fast turnaround of technology, the processor in your motherboard may be obsolete now, which will make it nigh impossible for you to get a replacement. Because of this getting a new system is usually the option that is generally taken.

One good thing that comes out of this situation though is that when you replace your bad processor, the replacement is not only cheaper but also faster than your buster component. Because of the steadily falling prices and ever increasing speeds, this is a natural inevitability.

The not so good news though is that if your motherboard does not support the new processor then you will have no choice but to also buy a new motherboard. One way of determining if your present motherboard supports the new processor is by checking with the mobo manufacturer regarding CPU upgrade information.

1 thought on “Is your CPU dying?”

  1. Thats why you want to get mobos with LGA 775 sockets. 478 is going the way of the dinosaurs. Unless you are some AMD freak, then I dont know what to tell ya.

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