I'm looking at upgrading my Cpu from a Intel E6850 core duo to a Intel Q9550 quad core. I'm Vista ultimate 64-bit and was wondering if there is a way to upgrade the CPU without having to Format my hard drives.
thanks for the Advice in advance
You don't need to reformat to just upgrade a cpu or even other parts like motherboard...
A CPU upgrade won't necessitate a reformat, but a new DIFFERENT motherboard will.
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If you are just upgrading the CPU, but the other hardware stays the same, the computer except for the BIOS won't really see any change. Now as far as operation speeds etc. you will notice it. The CPU and the hard drive at least directly have basically nothing ot do with each other in the way your thinking. So just drop it in depending on your system (and as I always do), put a better than stock cooler on it as well. I don't know what kind of case you use, but this can significantly raise the heat signature of the whole unit. So watch that closely at least at first. You may have to update your BIOS to the most current as well to get everything out of an upgraded CPU, especially if it is (one that offers completely new or considerably enhanced bus based activity levels, read higher clocks on the FSB on that unit I believe compared to what your MB does currently) different on the general bus speeds or usage types.
Do you plan on installing this yourself?
No need to reformat your hard drive if all you are doing is a CPU upgrade. All your data is retained on the hard drive. By the way I just upgraded to a Q9550 from a E6400 it will definitely add life to an old 775 setup.
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