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Is it hard to change processor on a mother board

Last response: in Windows XP
March 15, 2012 12:37:11 PM

I have a MB|MSI K8N Neo4/SLI RET mother board with a CPU AMD 64 |3000+ ATHLON 64 939P RT processor. Is it possible to change the processor on this motherboard to a dual core? And how do you do it?
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March 15, 2012 5:41:58 PM

Processors and motherboards have to be compatible: have the same pin interface at a minimum. So there are two questions:
1) Is there a dual core processor that is compatible with your motherboard? If not, you need a new motherboard.
2) Do you have the confidence and steady hands to remove the heatsink / fan assembly, remove the old processor, install a new one, apply thermal paste, and reinstall the heatsink? Without damaging anything? If not, then you may consider not trying it.

That's a seven-year-old motherboard. You would have to go to a flea market to get a compatible processor. "Socket 939 was succeeded by Socket AM2 in May 2006," from trusty old Wikipedia. Here's one, but you are better off saving up and doing a new build.
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