hi,is swapping a processor just a case of taking one out & putting the other in?do you need to change any settings?im a begginer with pcs so am learning as i go along.
Pretty much...............here are some suggestions:
1. Read your motherboard manual. Become familiar with the board layout. Disconnect the power cord from the computer and clear the CMOS (re-set the BIOS settings to their default). Wear a grounding wrist-strap when inserting or removing components to the motherboard. Clearing the CMOS usually is done moving a jumper from the pins for the "normal" setting to the pins for "clear" setting, but read your motherboard manual. Wait a minute or so, then move the jumper back to its original position.
2. At this point (power still disconnected), you can carefully remove the heat sink fan, heatsink, and the old CPU. Remember to disconnect the CPU fan power jack from the motherboard pins.
3. Insert the new CPU - aligning the chip correctly with the motherboard socket/pins (read you motherboard manual).
4. Lock the CPU with the latch.
5. Apply the thermal compound, Arctic Silver 5 (AS-5) is a popular one, in accordance with the mfrs. directions to the CPU.
6. Clean the heatsink base (the part that was in direct contact with the CPU before you removed it) with isoprophyl alcohol using a coffee filter or a lint-free cloth, wipe it until it is clean.
7. Apply a thin glaze of AS-5 to the heatsink base, wipe any excess with coffee filter paper.
8. Carefully re-install the heatsink and the fan. Make the sure the heat sink is firmly seated to the board. Re-attach the fan power cable to the CPU fan header pin on the board.
9. Re-connect the power, power-on the system.
10. Enter the BIOS, usually by pressing the <delete> key while the system is POSTing. to confirm the BIOS sees your new CPU. Make any settings changes you need, e.g., boot device, HDD boot order, etc.