I'm finally looking at having some free time next week to do some things with my HTPC and one of the first ones is upgrading the CPU from the D805 that's in it to the e2140 I bought three months ago on sale. Here's my system:
- Pentium D 805 CPU w/ASUS P5A2-8SB3W 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
- MSI P6N SLI FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX motherboard
- 3gb PC5400 DDR2 667mHz
- Foxconn 7600GT
- Onboard sound via optical SPDIF to my HT receiver
- 160gb WD IDE hard drives x 2
- Liteon 16x DVD burner
- Rosewill 450w PSU
- Windows MCE 2005
- Marantz VP4001 1280x720 HT projector
I will be removing the ASUS cooler and replacing it with the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro HSF I picked up, also a few months ago.
Will I need to completely reformat and reinstall MCE after switching CPU's or can I just exchange the CPU's, install the new HSF and be up and running? I did a search for this topic and an older post said you could probably exchange a socket 939 X2 for an old Athlon XP without doing much more than physically swapping the CPU's, but I don't know if that would apply to these LGA 775 processors.
When I upgraded to the MSI MB and D805, I had to do a new install of MCE, but that was OK at the time since I also upgraded from XP SP2 to MCE then. I don't have ridiculous amounts of content on the main hard drive - mainly Theatertek, Paint Shop Pro and a few games, but after many hours of gaming, I don't especially want to have to start over from scratch if I don't have to. I know some computer gurus/geeks claim they like to reinstall their OS every 6 or 12 months to have a "fresh" copy, but I have a family, job, outside interests, etc... and the prospect of feeding disks into the machine for hours reinstalling everything does not appeal.
If I don't need to do a reinstall of MCE, do I need to do anything else to get the computer running with the e2140, say install some drivers or BIOS upgrades or anything like that?
If I will need to do a fresh install, can I pull my main hard drive out, turn the secondary HD (which is empty) into the master drive and install MCE on that, then plug the original HD back in and copy folders over to the new drive? Would that be a better way of doing it than just reinstalling everything from scratch?
I just bought a Visiontek Radeon HD 3850 to replace the 7600gt. Should I install that before or after the new CPU? I also bought a Cateye HD tuner - same question with that also.
Thanks for your help - I appreciate it.