Help swapping out one LGA 775 cpu for another

April 2, 2012 at 20:13:30
Specs: win98se, 1.5 GHz / 384 MB RAM
I want to swap out my Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 for a Core 2 Duo E8500 because I need more straight-up processing speed. I have an ECS Elite Group G31T-M motherboard and I'm running Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

I do not have time for a major computer hassle right now, so my question is simple: can I turn off the computer, swap the chips, then turn the computer back on without a problem, or are my OS and bios likely to explode and require major finagling to repair?

Thanks!


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#1
April 2, 2012 at 21:23:01
Why wouldn't you just overclock the Q6600 to 3.0GHz (9 x 333MHz) & run the RAM in sync at 667MHz?

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#2
April 2, 2012 at 23:18:30
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...

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#3
April 3, 2012 at 05:00:04
Overclocking sounds better to me also.
If you do decide to swap then see this on cleaning and reapplying thermal compound:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_a...
Note that for the dual and quad the application method is different.
You would need to reset defaults in BIOS and possibly tweak some minor settings, but Windows will not care which processor you use.
If you overclock the Quad, just monitor your temperatures for a while (idle and load) to make sure they are within reason. I think that overclocking the quad will be simpler and faster and your overall performance will be better.
Also you should clean out your system (disk clean up, browser clean out, uninstall unused programs, and stopping most programs from starting with Windows) since this will typically net you a similar performance boost on most systems.

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#4
April 3, 2012 at 05:40:08
I tried to overclock, but my very basic and cheap mobo doesn't allow me to configure the voltage settings. After I set the Q6600 to run at 3.0 MHz my comp wouldn't boot. I had to reset the bios (physcially with jumper) AND do a repair reinstall with Windows to get it running again.

Although, what is this "running the RAM in sync at 667" concept of which you speak? I do not know about that. Might that have been what caused my comp to crash when I tried to overclock?


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#5
April 3, 2012 at 07:06:56
running the ram at 667 MHz meaning run the ram the speed of DDR2 667MHz(333MHz) to be in sync with the cpu's FSB
ur cpu fsb is i think 266MHz overclocking to 3GHz will lead to a higher fsb much closer to 333MHz which will be the speed of ur ram
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#6
April 3, 2012 at 09:13:40
So is this why my comp may have crashed the first time I tried to overclock, because I didn't sync the RAM speed?

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#7
April 3, 2012 at 10:19:32
could be but u probably overclocked too high and did not know how to fix the multiplier with the FSB and Ram.
u just need some overclocking experience.
but i think u dont need to overclock no to swap the cpu cz i think ur quad will outpower the C2D
if u still want to overclock
make sure u know how to adjust the multiplier and FSB to be in sync with ram.
u dont need them to be exactly equal.
ur cpu fsb is 266MHz ur ram is running correctly should be at 333mhz
ur multiplier is 9 so if u multiply 9 by 266 u get 2.4GHz
u need to get to 2.8 GHz and keep it stable
although i doubt ur motherboard will handle such an overclock
if u still want to give it a shot
ive seen ppl overclock ur cpu to 3.3GHz but with the right hardware they got the FSB to 372x9 so they got a 3.3GHz since u crashed at 3GHz if u dont do overclocking correctly then i advise u not to overclock again bcz ur hardware aint up to the job
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#8
April 3, 2012 at 19:27:46
Set the frequency to 333MHz. Lower the multiplier (temporarily) to 6 or 7, you will raise it slowly later. Set your Ratio CPU/RAM to 1:1 or your RAM Frequency also to 333. This will underclock your memory to DDR2 667MHz but by running your memory in sync with your CPU you will be optimizing the information transfer efficiency. Disable C1 states and Speed Step in BIOS. Your FSB will be 333X4=1333MHz which is by itself an improvement. You will prove first that this runs well and then gradually increase your multiplier.
333X6=1998MHz=2.0GHz
333X7=2331MHz=2.33GHz
333X8=2664MHz=2.66GHz
333X9=2997MHz=3.0GHz
Currently you have 2.4GHz at FSB1066MHz so even if you are only able to reach a stable 2.66GHz at FSB1333MHz you will be ahead on both speed and FSB, but you should be able to run it at 3.0GHZ without trouble. Use Speedfan or HWMonitor to monitor your internal temperatures at idle and under load.

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#9
April 3, 2012 at 20:35:48
Thanks! I'll give that a whirl this weekend.

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#10
April 4, 2012 at 04:26:42
@Fingers
The application method of dual and quad core are the same. Just a small drop of thermal paste at the center of CPU will do the job for any processor even GPU.

@Curare
U need more processing speed for what activities?

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#11
April 4, 2012 at 06:46:37
So what you're saying is that simply swapping the processors (and adding a bit of thermal paste) will not cause any complications with the OS or BIOS?

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#12
April 4, 2012 at 07:07:43
Yes changing CPU will not harm anything. My question isn't answered, did u try OC e6600?

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#13
April 4, 2012 at 12:55:41
I'm switching from a q6600, not an e6600. Yes I overclocked it to 3 MHz and ended up having to hard reset my bios and reinstall windows.

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#14
April 4, 2012 at 17:02:33
"I overclocked it to 3 MHz and ended up having to hard reset my bios and reinstall windows"

I wouldn't bother to call 3MHz an overclock. And there's no reason to reinstall Windows due to a BIOS reset. You never told us what speed RAM you have, but it should be scaled back to 533MHz before cranking up the CPU frequency to 333MHz (1333MHz FSB). You should also lock the PCIe bus at 100MHz & disable Spread Spectrum.


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