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i5 3570k Compatible with my mobo?

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February 28, 2014 2:55:00 PM

I have been in the market for a new processor for a few months now, after being fed up with the performance of my current i5 2300. I have spent the last few months making absolutely sure that the 3570k is compatible with my motherboard, and I have hit a wall here.
I use an Alienware 046MHW mobo, (everything else, save the HDD I put in myself) and according to a few sites, as long as the chip set and the socket types match, which according to CPU-Z, they do (LGA 1155) then the processor would work. However, my current CPU uses Sandy Bridge while the 3570k uses Ivy Bridge. I've been told that a simple BIOS update would make them compatible, but after doing some searching, it seems that there are no updates for it past some time in 2011, which is actually stock.
One major question I have is will the 3570k be compatible out of the box? The other being if I do end up needing a BIOS update, will using updates from other Dell motherboards brick my motherboard? For example, my rig was an Aurora R3, and those computers came exclusively with the 046MHW boards. If I were to use a BIOS update made for, say, an Aurora R4, would it brick my motherboard?
Thanks for any help I could get.

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February 28, 2014 3:21:22 PM

Likely it will not support the Ivy Bridge CPUs it may be best to get and i7-2600K for the unit if you want to upgrade. Going from a i5-2300 to and i5 3570K will be a upgrade but to really see a difference you'll want to overclock it. Does your unit support overclocking? If it does do you have a CPU cooler in it that will support that Ivy Bridge model? It is best for you to talk with Dell and see what upgrade options your system has.
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February 28, 2014 4:22:58 PM

Preecher said:
I think this may be relevant.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1970566/alienwar...

Cheers!


littleleo said:
Likely it will not support the Ivy Bridge CPUs it may be best to get and i7-2600K for the unit if you want to upgrade. Going from a i5-2300 to and i5 3570K will be a upgrade but to really see a difference you'll want to overclock it. Does your unit support overclocking? If it does do you have a CPU cooler in it that will support that Ivy Bridge model? It is best for you to talk with Dell and see what upgrade options your system has.


Yes, that was one of the pages that turned up in my Google Searches. I've just been really wary about which CPU to get, as judging from the pages I've seen, some say that my mobo will not work with the 3570k, while others say that it will because of the socket type. My main concern at the moment is whether or not I'll even be able to use it on my mobo, because as stated in the OP, there are no available BIOS updates that I have seen for my mobo.
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March 3, 2014 1:43:36 PM

TheDoctorIsIn said:
Preecher said:
I think this may be relevant.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1970566/alienwar...

Cheers!


littleleo said:
Likely it will not support the Ivy Bridge CPUs it may be best to get and i7-2600K for the unit if you want to upgrade. Going from a i5-2300 to and i5 3570K will be a upgrade but to really see a difference you'll want to overclock it. Does your unit support overclocking? If it does do you have a CPU cooler in it that will support that Ivy Bridge model? It is best for you to talk with Dell and see what upgrade options your system has.


Yes, that was one of the pages that turned up in my Google Searches. I've just been really wary about which CPU to get, as judging from the pages I've seen, some say that my mobo will not work with the 3570k, while others say that it will because of the socket type. My main concern at the moment is whether or not I'll even be able to use it on my mobo, because as stated in the OP, there are no available BIOS updates that I have seen for my mobo.



Then I would assume it won't work with an Ivy Bridge CPU and stick with a Sandy Bridge model like the i7-2600. It takes more the just a socket to make it compatible with Ivy Bridge, the chipset and Bios are important too.
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