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Sandybridge socket 1155 LGA I3 to I5?

Hello all, I am wondering whether or not I will be able to replace my processor (intel I3 2120) to any intel I5 processor without changing my motherboard? I downloaded Cpuz and it says that my processor socket is a 1155 LGA. Thanks in advance. (If more info is needed I am willing to provide it.)
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  1. Yes, if you tell us the make/model of your MB, we can direct you to the CPU support list for the MB and what BIOS update (if any) you might need.
  2. clutchc said:
    Yes, if you tell us the make/model of your MB, we can direct you to the CPU support list for the MB and what BIOS update (if any) you might need.


    I have a Lenovo Mahobay motherboard with an intel sandybridge chipset and an intel southbridge h61 (not sure if it is relevant) and the last thing that CPUZID listed is the LPCIO which is an ITE, IT 8728.
  3. Mahobay was Intel's codename for their Ivy Bridge MB. But you say you have a Sandy Bridge processor in it. Nothing wrong with that, as the board supports both. But is this a desktop or laptop computer?
  4. clutchc said:
    Mahobay was Intel's codename for their Ivy Bridge MB. But you say you have a Sandy Bridge processor in it. Nothing wrong with that, as the board supports both. But is this a desktop or laptop computer?


    Its a lenovo H430 desktop with a 500 watt psu and a dual core I3 @3.3ghz. So basically what you are saying is that as long as it is an 1155 LGA socket it will work on my computer? I don't know much about processors but would this work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
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    ryan225 said:
    clutchc said:
    Mahobay was Intel's codename for their Ivy Bridge MB. But you say you have a Sandy Bridge processor in it. Nothing wrong with that, as the board supports both. But is this a desktop or laptop computer?


    Its a lenovo H430 desktop with a 500 watt psu and a dual core I3 @3.3ghz. So basically what you are saying is that as long as it is an 1155 LGA socket it will work on my computer? I don't know much about processors but would this work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072


    I have been looking for a CPU support list for that MB just to verify BIOS requirements. So far, no luck.
    But Yes, the i5-2500K will definitely fit your board. And since the i5-2500K was introduced a month before the i3-2120, there should be no BIOS update issues to worry about. You should be good to go.
  6. Thank you very much!
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