You can only replace your CPU with another CPU that uses the same socket.
Otherwise you will need to replace also your motherboard (and maybe other components, like memory, if your new motherboard requires a different kind of memory, for example).
On the next pages we will list all CPU upgrading options you have depending on the CPU socket your motherboard has.
Please read our How To Perform a BIOS Upgrade tutorial for further instructions.
This will assure you that your motherboard will recognize your new CPU.
Several times when you install a new CPU that you know that your motherboard supports your motherboard won’t turn on because it needs a BIOS upgrade, and you will have to install back your old CPU in order to do this.
Posted By Gabriel Torres on Mar 9, 2007 in CPU This tutorial is for people that are willing to replace their CPU by a faster one but don’t have a clue on what CPUs their system supports.
In this tutorial we will list all CPU models you can install on your system without replacing your current motherboard.
In order to upgrade your CPU you will need to know two things about your motherboard: its CPU socket and its maximum external clock rate (a.k.a.
FSB, Front Side Bus – for AMD CPUs based on AMD64 architecture you don’t need this information).
These two data are written on the motherboard manual.
If you don’t have your motherboard manual, please read our tutorial How to Find Out Your Motherboard Manufacturer and Model.