Solved Do I need to reformat my pc if I'll upgrade the processor? Tags: New Build Processors Systems Last response: August 13, 2010 7:32 PM in Systems Share kraut_aa August 12, 2010 8:24:18 PM Hi! Just want to clarify. Do I need to reformat my pc if I'll upgrade the processor? Thanks! More about : reformat upgrade processor snoshy August 12, 2010 8:26:20 PM nope. windows should just detect the new hardware. Best solution snowgoer1998 August 12, 2010 8:37:42 PM ^^^^ That's not entirely correct.... before removing your current CPU, you'll want to make sure that: #1. Your motherboard is capable of accepting the new processor...physically (will it fit? Pretty obvious, I know, but always best to make sure.) #2. Your motherboard BIOS has the capability of recognizing the newer CPU just because a newer processor will 'fit' in the motherboard doesn't mean that it will properly function...that's where the BIOS update comes into play. Best bet is to post what MOBO you have and what processor you want to drop in...then some of the experts on this site will be able to give you a 99.9% for sure answer... Related resources My inspiron 570... F it! I'll build a new PC ! Need a ? answered - Forum [CPUs] Upgrade - Reformat ? - Forum I'll buy new system please have a look i need help. - Forum Do I have everything I'll need for this gaming pc build? - Forum Dull image after reformat - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer nsquid August 12, 2010 8:41:49 PM while it's true that you won't need to reformat, snowgoer is right. i have an asus board that supports am3 processors, but needed a bios update to be able to use the 6 core am3. kraut_aa August 12, 2010 8:52:40 PM Yup. Thanks! Sorry. I forgot to post my mobo and the processor. It's Gigabyte's Ga-790fxta-ud5 and phenom II X2 550 3.7ghz. I'm planning to upgrade it to an x4, x6 or wait for the bulldozer. Guess I need to update my bios if I'll go for an x6.. kraut_aa August 13, 2010 7:32:13 PM Best answer selected by kraut_aa. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumLAST Q's -lil'o'lady- ALMOSTready 2 reformat /reload ForumHelp! New Mobo/ Processor - Reformat with XP ForumInherited PC : Help on if I'll be able to play Medieval 2: Total War ForumI'll never OC again ForumDo I need to reformat a partitioned HD after upgrades? ForumDo I need to reformat a partitioned HD after upgrades? ForumIll never listen to this group again ForumUpgrade Time or just reformat ? Forum(Graphic Card + power supply) plz help =( ill respond my best ForumWant to Upgrade processor , need HELP! ForumFirst Time and The Only One I'll Get For Ages ForumNo Apple forum section and I'll leave this negative anti Apple site. ForumNeed help with my new PC 's performance ForumFinally hitting a Microcenter! Should I buy these parts? ForumNeed a Case and Watercooler for my Build More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !