How to keep your CPU running smoothly in Windows

You are proud of your computer. It gives you entertainment and productivity, but there are times when it all goes wrong and you’re left with a subpar machine. This is what hit us, our machine, a AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Windows 10 powered desktop computer, had given us a year of service. But then everything went wrong. Our CPU temperatures nearly doubled, even when idling. We had to get to the bottom of it, and fast!

What follows are the steps we take to get our system back up and running.

Identification of the problem

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The focus of the project is to determine the cause of a temperature issue with our desktop PC. For over a year it has been running normally, but recently it has been hotter than normal. The desk was built into a Phanteks P360A Caseand we replaced the stock AMD cooler on our AMD Ryzen 5600X with a calm down! Thin Rock Shadow 2 cooler.

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