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rjbarker October 28, 2008 09:44 PM

Swapping out CPU's - Question
Hey all...I'm thinking of retiring my E8400 and replacing with a Q9550. Question is, what is involved in replacing the CPU....?...is it as simple as swapping them out and booting up?
Would I have to re-set my CMOS prior to installing the new chip..?
I'd be using all the same Hardware as in my Sig, simply replacing the Wolfsdale for a Yorkie.

Eagle Eye October 28, 2008 10:45 PM

You will have to reset your current bios settings for the quad, its likely that your current settings aren't setup right for it and won't post upon reboot.

SugarJ October 28, 2008 11:20 PM

Check to see if your current bios supports the Q9550, if it does then it's as simple as replacing the CPU and clearing CMOS before turning the computer on.

rjbarker October 29, 2008 12:09 AM

I'm presently rumming BIOS version P04. Its now up to P08, but I haven't flashed to anything higher as everything has been operating fine. I'm positive that P04 supports Q9550. Does clearing the CMOS "rollback" the BIOS version? Originally I had BIOS P02 and flashed to P04.


jay51 October 29, 2008 12:17 AM

just clears setting,not bios fw.

rjbarker October 29, 2008 12:47 AM

Thanks Jay....had brain fart their after I typed that last Post......re-sets to "Factory" "Default" settings....

rjbarker October 29, 2008 12:48 AM

Jay...how'd that 8800GTX work out for you anyways!?

matsta31 October 29, 2008 08:05 AM

I did not clear the CMOS when swapping CPU and lost my Raid array !!!! So, do clear the CMOS !

rjbarker October 30, 2008 01:13 PM

Thnaks still trying to decide to whether to purchase it or not...Q9550 $420 ouch!!

Eldonko October 30, 2008 01:19 PM

Flash to the latest BIOS before swapping the CPU and make sure it boots ok. If so swap the chip and clear cmos.

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