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Old CPU on new motherboard - Good Idea?

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July 26, 2006 3:54:57 AM

So I ordered (and have mostly received) all the parts for a brand new system except the CPU, I'm waiting for Core 2 Duo. If the CPU's are available Thur, I'm happy. If it turns out it's going to be a while, I want to know if it's okay to pop in an old CPU into my otherwise brand new machine to tide me over while I configure the system, set up my hard drive, etc. So really there are two questions:

1. In general, is a CPU swap like this advisable, or is it advisable to reinstall Windows after such a move (as I have read it is smart to do after installing a new motherboard).

2. If it's generally okay, would my new Intel DP965LT board work with this Dell part:
PROCESSOR, 80532, 2.66G, 512, 533, SOCKET N, DECISION ONE.
Supported Procs for the motherboard are listed here:

It looks like it's on the list under processor 805, but I want to make sure.

Thanks guys,

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July 26, 2006 4:14:19 AM

Should be fine, and no you don't need to re-install Windows.
July 26, 2006 4:43:38 AM

Yep, if everything is compatible, switching a processor out for a different one is as uncomplicated (Windows wise) as switching RAM. Just the hardware portion of the install is more time consuming.
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July 26, 2006 5:28:25 AM

You used to have to re-install windows when going from one processor to two, not sure if this is still the case though.
July 26, 2006 5:36:42 AM

with older systems you need to reinstall windows but now you usually do not need to reinstall windows, although it is always a good idea to start with a fresh load when you upgrade the processor.