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cpu upgrade question

have a cheap gaming computer and i want to upgrade the cpu for better performance but with out having to change out other parts, maybe like an i3?

Intel Celeron G1610
ecs h61h2-mv mobo
8gb gskill rip jaws
nvidia geforce gt640 msi 1gb
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  1. What is your budget for this upgrade? You definitely need a better CPU, but your GPU isn't very good either.
  2. is this a store bought pc? if so upgrading it could be a bit of a pain.

    if not then yes an i3 would be a decent upgrade although if you could afford an i5 it would get you set up in a better position.
  3. how much can you spend on upgrade?
  4. logainofhades said:
    What is your budget for this upgrade? You definitely need a better CPU, but your GPU isn't very good either.


    maybe like 130$ around that area
  5. ethereal essence said:
    is this a store bought pc? if so upgrading it could be a bit of a pain.

    if not then yes an i3 would be a decent upgrade although if you could afford an i5 it would get you set up in a better position.


    no its not store bought was built last april for a gift for me
  6. ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 for 79$
  7. aliafzal189 said:
    ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 for 79$


    Why would you recommend an AMD board for an Intel build? :heink:


    OP, given the CPU you have, getting a sandy or ivy bridge i3 makes perfect sense. You might need to go to ECS and get a bios update first.
  8. didnt saw that
  9. intel i3 3210 should run ok? anything more might need a new psu
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    get an i3 given your budget. no bios update should be needed. Keep in mind you MAY need to reinstall windows. If it is an OEM copy of windows, changing the CPU may require a new copy of windows.

    http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1427&MenuID=103&LanID=0#fragment-CPU

    the 3240 should be fine as well. your psu should be able to handle it just as well as the 3210
  11. cool, thanks for the info :D
  12. ethereal essence said:
    get an i3 given your budget. no bios update should be needed. Keep in mind you MAY need to reinstall windows. If it is an OEM copy of windows, changing the CPU may require a new copy of windows.

    http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1427&MenuID=103&LanID=0#fragment-CPU

    the 3240 should be fine as well. your psu should be able to handle it just as well as the 3210


    New windows is only necessary when changing the motherboard. You might get a reactivation prompt though.
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