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Currently have a MCP73M02H1 (LGA775 socket) motherboard with an Intel Pentium E2160 CPU installed. Looking to upgrade.

I know that the socket is LGA 775 but I do know that not ALL socket 775 CPUs will work with this motherboard. I looked up stats on my motherboard and found that the MCP73M02H1 motherboard will only work with Intel Core 2 Duo (Wolfsdale/Conroe), Pentium, and Celeron processors. I am very interested in upgrading from my Intel Pentium E2160 to the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 which is a socket 775 CPU. Does anyone know if this will work on my specific motherboard? I know it's a bit old but I am not in the best position financially to upgrade a whole new motherboard + CPU so I will most likely buy the E8500, manufacturer refurbished like new from Amazon for $30.00. My main concern is if it will go with my motherboard. Thanks a lot and I greatly appreciate your responses.
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  1. They'll work fine together and it will improve your performance.
  2. Thank you so much for the very quick response. Also another question that I had is that ever since I put the E2160 CPU in this motherboard I had the shop install an aftermarket Thermaltake CPU heatsink and fan on top of the E2160 processor. Can I just use this same fan or will I have to get a new one? Also as far as thermal paste goes, do I need to buy thermal paste since I am swapping out the E2160 for the E8500? Thanks so much
  3. You can use the same aftermarket cooler but you'll want some new paste.
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    yo0123yo said:
    Thank you so much for the very quick response. Also another question that I had is that ever since I put the E2160 CPU in this motherboard I had the shop install an aftermarket Thermaltake CPU heatsink and fan on top of the E2160 processor. Can I just use this same fan or will I have to get a new one? Also as far as thermal paste goes, do I need to buy thermal paste since I am swapping out the E2160 for the E8500? Thanks so much



    i'm also thinking about upgrading from the 2160 to the 8500, from what i've been told you also have to make sure the bios is on the latest update to handle the faster clock speed.
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