Before purchasing a desktop processor in order to upgrade your system, it is a very good idea that you contact your system manufacturer (Dell*, Lenovo*, etc.) or motherboard manufacturer (Asus*, Gigabyte*, etc.). The reason for this is because they are familiar with your system specifications and the different upgrade options that are available and they can tell you which processors your system or motherboard support.
Even if your processor and motherboard socket match, it is critical to make sure that your motherboard BIOS contains support for your new processor since older motherboards frequently do not have BIOS support for newer processors. Lack of BIOS support for your processor can cause the system to not boot or display erratic behavior.
Another upgrade consideration is that faster processors and processors with more cores may also affect the temperature of your system, so you also need to ensure your chassis and thermal solution will work with your upgrade from a thermal perspective.
One way to verify processor compatibility with the motherboard before you upgrade your processor is to visit the Web site for the motherboard manufacturer or system. Using the Intel® DH61AG Desktop Board as an example, there is a list of supported processors on the Intel® DH61AG Desktop Board home page. Clicking on the supported processors link in the upper right hand screen under the Compatibility section will take you to a list of compatible processors.
For more information on your Intel® Processor or Intel® Desktop Board, select one of the links below:
This applies to: