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I currently have an E6600 with a dual boot of XP and Vista. If I would buy a Q6600 can I just swap cpu's without having to format or will it mess things up? Also do we know what current steppings are on the Q6600's and what is a normal overclock one can assume with lets say 1.4 Vcore and a P5B-E. I currently have my E6600 at 3.3Ghzs, 360x9 at 1.3 Vcore and max temps of 52C.... Thanks all....Could I get to 3.2Ghz and max temp load at say 60C with my Arctic Cooler Freezer 7?
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Yes. It's only motherboards that you need a reinstall on.

Not sure on the arctic cooling question.
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I doubt the arctic freezer pro will be sufficient cooling for a quad core. I'm not sure though.

And yes you can just swap them. Un-install the CPU then put the new one in and it should work

It is successful 99% of the time, however sometimes you have to reformat if you get problems.
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Switching from dual core to quad is going to cause issues, mainly it probally won't use the extra two cores. A repair install should fix the issue, but it is recommended to reinstall windows compleatly.
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