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Upgrading from Celeron to Pentium 4

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Is the process of upgrading from Celeron to a Pentium 4 simple?  Is it merely a matter of swapping out the Processor chips?  In other words, are the motherboards completely interchangeable?

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It is, if the sockets are the same (socket478), the BIOS recognizes the cpu, and the Front Side Bus supports the Pentium 4.  You need to be able to physically fit the cpu in the same socket, the voltage has to be right for the cpu (it should, if the BIOS recognizes it), and the FSB should handle the spec of the P4 (this is true some of the time, since Celerons run at the slowest FSB of 100, but some motherboards don't support the faster P4 buses of 166 and 200).
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I would check with the manufacturer of the motherboard to see if it will support the P4 you plan on getting.
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