I just installed an SSD and Windows 7 into an older machine and am thinking about installing a faster cpu before I am completely done with it. In reading articles/posts on the web it sounds too easy. Articles talk about removing the old fan/heat sink and scraping/isopropyl alcohol clean the old thermal paste, then repast and carefully drop your new cpu in and re assemble the heatsinkl/fan. There is nothing about any BIOS changes with the exception of just one article that said to use a program ( HWinfo or cupid to check mobo settings) and it said I would have to change the speed in the cpu section of the BIOS if I was putting in a faster cpu. Of course that is the point of doing this.
So I am left wondering if these programs HWinfo or cupid are worth any info they will give me, but mostly are cpu's that are listed as compatible by the mobo mfg really that plug and play?
BYW thinking of the Intel Q9650 cpu on a ASUS P5W DH Deluxe mobo.