Changing CPU's - Will I need to update the BIOS? Tags: CPUs Pentium BIOS Last response: December 20, 2011 3:52 AM in CPUs Share computerguy22 December 20, 2011 3:33:16 AM My current CPU: Intel Pentium 4 Prescott 2M 2.8ghz (a) What I'm switching to: Intel Pentium 4 Prescott 1M 3.2ghz (e) - (hyper threading). Will I need to update the BIOS once I install this different cpu? More about : changing cpu update bios thently a b à CPUs December 20, 2011 3:38:48 AM No just stick it in. This is not much of an upgrade though hope u didn't purchase that. Thent m 0 l nukemaster a c 132 à CPUs December 20, 2011 3:38:53 AM You can use a program like CPU-z to see your current bios version and then check if it supports the cpu. Chances are it will not need an update as those are fairly close released cpus. If you had to update the bios, it would be best to do it before the new cpu is installed. Remember when swapping the cpu, you will need to apply new thermal paste to the heatsink if it does not have some pre-applied. You can NOT reuse the old thermal paste. m 0 l Related resources Changing my CPU - will I (shudder) need a BIOS update? - Forum Changing my CPU - will I (shudder) need a BIOS update? - Forum do i need to update bios for this cpu upgrade - Forum Do I need to update my bios for my new CPU? - Forum Will this Motherboard need a BIOS Update for this Cpu? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer dalauder a b à CPUs December 20, 2011 3:39:46 AM Always update the bios to the most recent before installing a new CPU. If your system is socket 775, can it take a Core 2 Duo? That's a much better CPU than a Pentium 4. m 0 l computerguy22 December 20, 2011 3:43:37 AM My computer is socket 478 . Also, this new will get me a tad more computing power (hyper threading), so it's worth it. I got the new CPU for a cheap price. m 0 l dalauder a b à CPUs December 20, 2011 3:52:40 AM Socket 478? Okay, well your options are limited. So long as it was cheap. I've got a 775 mobo I'll mail anyone for free if they'll pay shipping. I'm 69% certain that it works. But you'll probably want to rebuild your system sometime soon. a $250 laptop has significantly more power. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Do I need to update my bios for my new CPU Forum SolvedGaming Build. Will I need to update bios to use AMD FX-6300 CPU? Forum Do I need to update the bios for the CPU to work? Forum SolvedBIOS update needed? emachine w3609 upgrading cpu Forum Do you need to update your motherboard Bios to use a certain CPU Forum SolvedWill This CPU take The M5a97 for Bios update? Need quick answer Forum SolvedJoshua-H61-uATX - Bios Update needed for CPU Upgarde - Sandy to Ivy? Forum SolvedIf i upgrade my CPU do i need to update my BIOS? Forum SolvedUpgrading CPU -Motherboard needs BIOS update - What steps do I take? Forum BIOS Needs CPU Update? Symptoms? Forum Would I need to update the BIOS for a CPU that is already supported by Forum Do I need to update bios to run this cpu? Forum Will i need to update my bios for the FX 4100 cpu? Forum Which AM3+ board's don't need a bios update to run an AMD FX cpu? Forum Do i need to update my BIOS? Also CPU heatsink Q Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !