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The manual says it can handle up to p4 prescott 3.8ghz w/ hyper threading.
You will need to check the motherboard specifications for clock speeds and voltages and you may need a bios upgrade. Although chipsets are fairly standardized, motherboard manufacturers do not always implement all possible features.
Unless you have a burning need for power, e.g. you do a lot of 3D-ray-traced rendering of images, upgrading the CPU is rarely a worthwhile exercise.
I would suggest setting up another dedicated to just these tasks( or multiple ) specific machine(s) ..which is what "we" do/have just to run such "intensive" ..work.
You will also ( if these extra machines have more than one HD ) see the benefits of having the processing app(s) not being on the same hard drive as the output files are targeted to ..
You may also ( which ever you choose ..be it upgrade or separate machine(s) ) wish to "adjust" your prefered OS ( shut down or strip out prior to the OS install ..non relevant functions ) to account for the specificity of your apps ..and thus free up cycles and memory and swap handling ..
I dont know that i would but a new mobo that fits this thing, i probably just buy a new bare bones box before i did that.
The reason i originally pondered this is because you can get a dual core for pretty cheap now and that would give me the power i need to be able to handle the task i need to do.
its a minimum requirement from the manufacturer to have at least dual core to play and record hd video smoothly.
i can tell the machine that im trying to do this on is struggling just a bit. All i really wanted to know is if i can pop a dual core 775 in the mobo. if i can do this w/o risking frying everything than it may be worth at least trying.
so i know that i need more power, start with the processor and the mobo i have, if that works than great! if not spend more to get what i need to accomplish the task at hand.
Can anyone else verify that there is little or no risk of my popping a dual core 775 into what is currently a single core 775 mobo?