Hi. So I have decided to upgrade an older computer of mine both for fun, practice, and to make it run faster in general. I typically just use it for downloading files. I'm definitely not looking to put any real money into it, but if I can do some upgrades on the cheap, then so be it. For instance, I just upgraded the ram from 1GB to 4GB which is the max it will support, payed out about 10 bucks.
I currently want to put in the best CPU the motherboard can take, without upgrading my motherboard. Here is what I know and am thinking.
The computer is a Compaq Presario SR5410F Desktop
I have a MSI MS-7525 Ver:1.0 (Boston-GL6) motherboard.
I found one site that says I can have the following CPU's:
Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe, Allendale)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core (Allendale)
Intel Pentium D (Smithfield, Presler)
Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (Gallatin, Prescott 2M)
Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott, Prescott 2M, Cedar Mill)
Intel Celeron Dual-Core (Allendale)
Intel Celeron (Conroe-L)
HP's site says this:
Core 2 Duo E7xxx (Wolfdale-M)
Core 2 Duo E4x00 (Conroe)
Pentium E2xxx series (Conroe)
Celeron Dual Core E1xx0 series (Conroe)
Celeron 4xx series (Conroe)
Is the Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06Ghz (Wolfdale 3-M) the fastest I can put on this motherboard, if it can even go on at all. I think it can. I currently have Core 2 Duo E2160 1.8Ghz. (Allendale) Would I need to upgrade the cpu fan, or do you think that the stock cooler fan this computer came with would be ok enough despite the upgrade? Do I need to apply some Thermal Paste when changing it out? (I have never upgraded just a CPU before.) As I would be only upgrading the CPU and not the motherboard, can I just stick the new CPU into my motherboard and boot it on up, nothing else to do?
Thanks for any help.