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I need help troubleshooting if my cpu or motherboard died

Sometime during the summer my computer dropped in performance. I checked task manager and when even just watching a youtube video my CPU performance capped out at 100% when it never used to. I was going to buy a new cpu assuming that was the issue, but right before I bought it I thought that there might be a chance that it was just the motherboard and didn't want to buy something I didn't need. Is there a way to test the problem out without putting the CPU in another computer? Here are my Specs: http://puu.sh/uVASl/15ba39653b.png . I would really appreciate any help that you can offer
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    Processors and HW don't just go weak.
    I would think it's more of OS and software problem. Check if your CPU is firing on all cylinders (cores) and reaching full frequency. Check drivers for everything and if there are some things running in the background. Also check for mallware.
    If nothing helps, backup your files and do a clean install of OS making sure you install all proper drivers.
  2. CountMike said:
    Processors and HW don't just go weak.
    I would think it's more of OS and software problem. Check if your CPU is firing on all cylinders (cores) and reaching full frequency. Check drivers for everything and if there are some things running in the background. Also check for mallware.
    If nothing helps, backup your files and do a clean install of OS making sure you install all proper drivers.


    Do I need to have copies of my drivers on a drive or something before I clean install? I don't have a cd drive and even if I did I'm not sure I would have the cd's anymore. I've checked for malware and have updated my drivers but I suppose the clean install would probably be a good thing to try.
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