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Will my Xeon mbod accommodate a 4790k?

I've been thinking about getting a new CPU. At the moment I have a Xeon e3-1220 V3, and I'm looking to upgrade to something like a 4790k. I understand this would save me a lot of money, not having to buy a new motherboard and ddr4 ram for the newer architectures while still getting great performance. There are a few issues however:

1) is socket 1150 universal? Or is my mbod likely tailored to just Xeon CPUs?

2) I built a friends PC recently and noticed his CPU required all 8pins of CPU power. My power supply has 8, but my mbod only has space for 4. Does the 4790k require 8?

3) Will I need a new cooler? The one I have at the moment is passive but I expect 4GHz to heat up a lot. Is it unlikely a different cooler will fit? I've heard a lot of stories of people drilling holes in their mbod to allow this but wrecking it in the process.

Any advice is appreciated!
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  1. Make and model of the motherboard? That manufacture will usually have a list of supported cpus on the support page for the board.
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  2. No idea. Bought the pc second hand. There is no visual identification I can find and I tried belrac advisor which was recommended by someone but that didn't work either. I'm pretty sure it's HP, but that's all I know. Sounds like a good idea though, do you have any ideas for me to find out?
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  3. Would you please let me know what specific motherboard we are dealing with? The Xeon you use is more of a desktop CPU than a typical Xeon server/workstation CPU. It's pretty much just an alternative to the Core i5. So it looks like the 4790K would probably work. You might need to do a bios update first though so you want to know what specific motherboard you use so you can download the bios update you need.
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    CaptainChrisNo1 said:
    No idea. Bought the pc second hand. There is no visual identification I can find and I tried belrac advisor which was recommended by someone but that didn't work either. I'm pretty sure it's HP, but that's all I know. Sounds like a good idea though, do you have any ideas for me to find out?


    Since it's an OEM motherboard you probably can't upgrade to the 4790K because it's unlikely that a bios update was released. The Core i7 4770K should work. Though it's unlikely that you have a Z series chipset. So the 4770 non K is what you want. You shouldn't need to upgrade the cooler. Just replace the thermal compound. I wouldn't worry about the 4 pin power. The 4770 is an 84 watt cpu and 4 pin power provides a continuous 150 watts. The 8 pin power is usually overkill. Socket 1150 isn't universal. It's for the desktop midrange processors. Your Xeon is more comparable to a desktop Core i5 than a regular Xeon.
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  5. CPU-Z should give you a model number. But being an OEM board there may not be a supported cpu list.
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  6. theonerm2 said:
    CaptainChrisNo1 said:
    No idea. Bought the pc second hand. There is no visual identification I can find and I tried belrac advisor which was recommended by someone but that didn't work either. I'm pretty sure it's HP, but that's all I know. Sounds like a good idea though, do you have any ideas for me to find out?


    Since it's an OEM motherboard you probably can't upgrade to the 4790K because it's unlikely that a bios update was released. The Core i7 4770K should work. Though it's unlikely that you have a Z series chipset. So the 4770 non K is what you want. You shouldn't need to upgrade the cooler. Just replace the thermal compound. I wouldn't worry about the 4 pin power. The 4770 is an 84 watt cpu and 4 pin power provides a continuous 150 watts. The 8 pin power is usually overkill. Socket 1150 isn't universal. It's for the desktop midrange processors. Your Xeon is more comparable to a desktop Core i5 than a regular Xeon.


    Thanks a lot for the advice man. I think I still want a 4790k, and am happy to pay a little more for a second hand mbod. What kind of mbod would I need? Just an ordinary 1150?

    Update:
    CPU-Z revealed my mbod is a ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 with Haswell-WS chipset- if this helps <3
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  7. CaptainChrisNo1 said:
    theonerm2 said:
    CaptainChrisNo1 said:
    No idea. Bought the pc second hand. There is no visual identification I can find and I tried belrac advisor which was recommended by someone but that didn't work either. I'm pretty sure it's HP, but that's all I know. Sounds like a good idea though, do you have any ideas for me to find out?


    Since it's an OEM motherboard you probably can't upgrade to the 4790K because it's unlikely that a bios update was released. The Core i7 4770K should work. Though it's unlikely that you have a Z series chipset. So the 4770 non K is what you want. You shouldn't need to upgrade the cooler. Just replace the thermal compound. I wouldn't worry about the 4 pin power. The 4770 is an 84 watt cpu and 4 pin power provides a continuous 150 watts. The 8 pin power is usually overkill. Socket 1150 isn't universal. It's for the desktop midrange processors. Your Xeon is more comparable to a desktop Core i5 than a regular Xeon.


    Thanks a lot for the advice man. I think I still want a 4790k, and am happy to pay a little more for a second hand mbod. What kind of mbod would I need? Just an ordinary 1150?

    Update:
    CPU-Z revealed my mbod is a ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 with Haswell-WS chipset- if this helps <3


    You want a Z97 motherboard for the 4790K.
    Reply to theonerm2
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