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If my old desktop PC has a pentium D CPU in it now, can I be pretty certain a core 2 duo E7500 will work in it?

If my old desktop PC has a pentium D CPU in it now, can I be pretty certain a core 2 duo E7500 will work in it?

If my old desktop PC has a Pentium D CPU in it now, can a be pretty certain a core 2 duo E7500 will work in it?

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Guest [Entry]

"I am not saying no, but I wouldn't bet on it.

The CPU limitation is mainly down to the chipset and not the actual socket it fits in to.

Your best bet is to use a tool such as CPU-Z which should be able to give you your motherboard details, then you can confirm on their website what your board supports.

Also, You may need to do a BIOS update to support it, but the manual/documentation should be able to tell you."
Guest [Entry]

No, you can't be certain without the model. First generation Socket 775 Pentium 4,D, and XE motherboards may be incompatible due to different power requirements. Some motherboards may list compatibility with Pentium Dual Core as well as Core 2 Duo, and some may only list Core 2 Duo compatibility or vice-versa. Check with CPU-Z as already mentioned to be sure on your motherboard before making the purchase.