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December 6, 2013 4:42:45 PM

I want to upgrade my Pc's processor and was thinking of getting a intel I5 3570k Processor. My mainboard is a MSI H61M-P31 (G3). Would this processor work with my Mainboard and if so would it be a case of put the processor in and play or would i have to do some other things as well to get it working?

Please help me if you can, any advice at all would be helpful.
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December 6, 2013 4:48:34 PM

it fits. if you get the box version it's just read instructions and follow. (the cooler has already thermal paste pre applied).
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December 6, 2013 4:50:03 PM

OK great any idea if i would need to do a Bios update though? As i would feel a bit uncomfortable doing that as it doesn't seem the safest thing to be doing.
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December 6, 2013 4:50:32 PM

You would have to check to see if there is a newer bios version that supports ivy bridge CPU's if there is you need to flash the bios before installing the CPU. Also dont get a k version save 20$ and just get the 3570 you can't over clock with that motherboard
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December 6, 2013 4:51:35 PM

No h61 boards support ivy bridge without flashing the bios you will have to its easy though
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December 6, 2013 4:55:16 PM

and on gigabyte boards they have the dual bios. so if you mess up it reverts for you the previous version. read the instruction manual and follow it to the letter.
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December 6, 2013 4:55:35 PM

Would it be worth getting the K version incase i upgraded my motherboard in the future at somepoint or is the difference in speed not worth the money?
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December 6, 2013 4:57:57 PM

Jakl121 said:
OK great any idea if i would need to do a Bios update though? As i would feel a bit uncomfortable doing that as it doesn't seem the safest thing to be doing.


I have done BIOS update before and never had any problems.
I'm also running an i5 3330 with Gigabyte H61 Motherboard and everything works fine.
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December 6, 2013 4:58:56 PM

Not worth it, just get the 3350p, 3470, or 3570 depending on price. I wouldn't spend over 180 for any of them though, but if one of them is only 10 dollars or so more than the next step down, then I'd do it.
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December 6, 2013 5:05:27 PM

Also would say the 3570 I5 be good enough to run new games at a good speed?
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December 6, 2013 5:11:38 PM

Actually ignore that question.

but please answer this one what would the best processor be to get with the H61M-P31 (G3) Mainboard with around £180 if anyone could give me their opinion please do and thanks for all the help so far
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December 6, 2013 5:26:56 PM

Jakl121 said:
Actually ignore that question.

but please answer this one what would the best processor be to get with the H61M-P31 (G3) Mainboard with around £180 if anyone could give me their opinion please do and thanks for all the help so far

i5 3470
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December 7, 2013 12:47:44 AM

If i put in a Processor into my computer and i didnt have the right bios and then tried to run it would it damage any of the components or would it just not boot?
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December 7, 2013 12:54:44 AM

there's no possible damage. it just won't start or unstable. they are asking to upgrade because then you dont need to unplug the new cpu and get in this one that's working and upgrade and then switch again.
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December 7, 2013 4:05:50 AM

laviniuc said:
there's no possible damage. it just won't start or unstable. they are asking to upgrade because then you dont need to unplug the new cpu and get in this one that's working and upgrade and then switch again.


Sorry that made no sense at all to me
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December 7, 2013 4:13:02 AM

Jakl121 said:
laviniuc said:
there's no possible damage. it just won't start or unstable. they are asking to upgrade because then you dont need to unplug the new cpu and get in this one that's working and upgrade and then switch again.


Sorry that made no sense at all to me


let's assume the cpu would work but only with a bios update. if you plug it in before updating the bios the pc wont start or be unstable. in this case you need to put back your current cpu upgrade the bios and then plug the i5 again.

especially since it's a gigabyte motherboard with dual bios it's easier and less dicey to just update the bios in the first place. before trying to plug the new cpu.
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December 7, 2013 7:20:27 AM

So if i did get a new processor a I5 and put it in that motherbaord and the Computer didnt boot i couild just take it out and place my old cpu in it to upgrade the bios and it would run just fine
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December 7, 2013 8:18:22 AM

yes. but considering between each swap you need to get thermal paste on etc etc - and make sure you get the cooler set properly, it's much much easier to just upgrade the bios before trying the new cpu.
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December 7, 2013 8:33:06 AM

Ok thanks for the advice!
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