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Replacing Processor

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June 26, 2012 9:01:28 AM

Hi, I have a Dell XPS 8300 desktop pc with an i5-2310 processor and an Intel H67 motherboard and want to either
replace just the processor with an i5-3550 and keep the motherboard
replace the motherboard for an Asus P8Z77-V along with replacing the processor. Will the existing motherboard accept the new processor?
If I replace just the processor does the operating system need re-installing,
if I replace both the motherboard and processor does the operating system need re-installing?

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June 26, 2012 9:09:14 AM

Why? Theres no real reason to spend the money on the CPU upgrade really.

If you insist, the problem with Dell is they're famous for using proprietary components. So nothing I say should be taken as a guarantee.

Yes the 3550 should work on that motherboard without issue.

As far as Windows7, its pretty forgiving when you do system transplants, so there shouldnt be a problem, but generally speaking, you should always do a clean install for best results.
June 26, 2012 10:03:07 AM

If you plan to do any overclocking in the future ditch the Dell motherboard and go with the Asus one. Dells are a headache to tinker with.