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upgrading CPU in All-in-One?

i have a 2010-2011ish Lenovo Ideacentre A310 which came equipped with a lowly dual core Intel Core i3-370M. i see prices dropping rapidly on older hardware, and can source a first gen i5 or i7 for next to nothing. my question is this:

as long as i stick with the same socket(G1/PGA988), and same TDP(35w), couldnt i upgrade do a quicker/better processor of the same generation? ie: the i7-640m is considerably "faster" with turbo-boost technology, despite using the same socket and 35w TDP.

any help would be greatly appreciated ;)
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  1. possibly but it will all depend on the bios and if it will recognize an i5 or i7. Just doin a quick search on google I see alot with the i5 cpu
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    The PDF I read states supported CPU's as ..

    Intel i5-450M 2.40GHz
    Intel i3-370M processor 2.40GHz
    Intel i3-350M processor 2.26GHz
    Intel Pentium Dual Core P6000 1.86GHz
  3. das_stig said:
    The PDF I read states supported CPU's as ..

    Intel i5-450M 2.40GHz
    Intel i3-370M processor 2.40GHz
    Intel i3-350M processor 2.26GHz
    Intel Pentium Dual Core P6000 1.86GHz


    thanks! i can pick up an i5-540m for about $50, and it seems like the 2.53ghz-3.066ghz("Turbo Boost") clock speed would offer a significant increase in performance for minimal dollars. I've already got 8GB of ram and an SSD, dont know how else i can make it run any better without worrying about heat.

    FYI: i'm not cheap, i'm just trying to make this thing last as long as possible, hoping one day someone will make a computer case as nice as a Mac Mini or at least figure out how to put a PC motherboard in one lol
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