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    CPU upgrade question

    I want to upgrade my CPU so that I can run CFD software more quickly. Are there any potential pitfalls - for example would I need to reinstall the OS, drivers e.t.c.? Or is it just a case of plug it in and go? All help gratefully received!

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    Re: CPU upgrade question

    Usually just plug in and go Though there have been a couple of occasions when I've upgraded the cpu that the drivers on XP failed to load on bootup, so had to reinstall the OS.
    What mobo are you using?

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    Re: CPU upgrade question

    It should be in 'mysystem' - its an abit IP35 - the 'darkraider' if I remember correctly.

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    Re: CPU upgrade question

    You're upgrading from a C2D to another C2D? Should be plugin and go. Going from single core to multicore requires a bit more faffing.

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    Re: CPU upgrade question

    Double check that your motherboard definately supports your new CPU, depending on what you're upgrading to you might need a BIOS update before you swap them over.
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    Re: CPU upgrade question

    I want to go to a c2d quad from a c2d dual, so I guess this should be ok. What I was worried about was having to re-install windows and having to set everything up again but by your responses, I think this should be fine. Thanks guys!

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    Re: CPU upgrade question

    Quote Originally Posted by Wh@l3fish View Post
    I want to go to a c2d quad from a c2d dual, so I guess this should be ok. What I was worried about was having to re-install windows and having to set everything up again but by your responses, I think this should be fine. Thanks guys!
    I'd still double check that your BIOS version supports the new CPU. It's a lot easier to check and update before you put the new chip in.
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