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Can i replace my CPU easily?

If i was going to replace my CPU (from say, a 2.8 Ghz core 2 duo to some sort of quad core) and my motherboard was compatible with both, would i be able to do it? I know how i could physically do it, but would it mess with my bios etc? I'm confused with what to do on the software side of it. Please help.

lemonie5 years ago
If your mainboard supports it it should be straighforward. These things tend to use automatic settings, so the BIOS will clock it right.
>Reset you BIOS to "factory defaults"
>Disconnect power
>Carefully remove heat-sink/cooler
>Remove old CPU with care
>Add new CPU
>Clean heatsink thoroughly
>Wipe a small amount of heat-compound on the CPU
>Very carefully replace the heatsink/cooler
>Start up into BIOS and check the CPU temperature - too hot and you need to go back a couple of steps.

L
The Intel Core Duo and Core Quad have the same sockets, So his mainboard will most likely support it.