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Possible to upgrade motherboard from Intel Duo to Xeon CPU?

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Is it possible, on an ASUS P5BV/SAS motherboard, to upgrade the current Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor to a XEON X3380 processor, without reinstalling Windows 2008 R2 OS?
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by:Ben Hart
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I'd hazard a guess at, Most likely not.  Changing the motherboard is going to introduce a newer chipset, north/south bridge, possibly new controllers into the mix.  I'd bet $20 that the OS wouldn't boot correctly after a mobo change as drastic as what you're asking about.
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Changing the CPU shouldn't be any issue.
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Oh wait.. I didn't comprehend the question I think.  If you're changing the CPU only then yes you can do with without reinstalling the OS.  Both procs are multi-core, so yes.. although you might have to re-register it.

you're body and title lines are talking about two different things.. swapping motherboard or swapping CPU.. which one are you doing?
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by:synergypsp
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My bad. Just upgrading the CPU.
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