I have a Packard Bell iXtreme with Q8500 2.5GHZ. Is it straight forward to take out the CPU and replace it with a faster Q9505 CPU?
Is it a case that becasue this is not a home build Pc (ie off the shelf) I would not be able to upgrade the CPU?
Thanks for any info you may have.
Andrew, Cape Town
Well, basically they are saying you should be able to use any 775 CPU except the extreme editions with the 1600 FSB, but of course that's probably not entirely true. Anyway, the proper BIOS will make sure that your system recognizes the Q9505 and can use the correct voltage and Power saving options. You're probably better off with the slightly older Q9550 (which has more cache than the 9505) as it came out before the Q8500 so you shouldn't have a problem with the BIOS.