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January 6, 2010 6:34:41 PM

Ive just bought a new i5 system (base unit specs below) and although its great and does everything i need it to do, I was wondering how easy it would be to upgrade the processor in the future.... say to an i7 ..?

HP6235uk (Win7 x64)
Intel i5 Processor 750 2.66Ghz
4GB DDR3
HDD 640GB
NVIDIA GeForce GT220 1024 Gb (Soon to be upgraded to GTS250 1Gb)
PSU 300w (Soon to be upgraded to 550w)

Thanks in advance


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January 6, 2010 6:43:24 PM

So far there are no i7 CPU upgrades for P55 boards, as all the i7 line are currently socket 1366. They will not physically fit.

IF you do want an upgrade the, i5 860 is very close, maybe even better in some apps, than an i7 920.
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January 6, 2010 6:58:45 PM

flyin15sec said:
So far there are no i7 CPU upgrades for P55 boards, as all the i7 line are currently socket 1366. They will not physically fit.

IF you do want an upgrade the, i5 860 is very close, maybe even better in some apps, than an i7 920.


:pfff:  What?

The core i7 860 and 870 are Only for the p55. So he would have an easy upgrade from the core i5 to an i7
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January 6, 2010 7:02:48 PM

warmon6 said:
:pfff:  What?

The core i7 860 and 870 are Only for the p55. So he would have an easy upgrade from the core i5 to an i7

Yep you are correct, but to further address the OP's question, I would say that if you have an i5-750, it is not a cost effective upgrade unless you are able to sell your current CPU at a reasonable price and/or if Intel releases much faster Socket 1156 cpu's down the track.
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January 6, 2010 7:04:58 PM

Chad Boga said:
Yep you are correct, but to further address the OP's question, I would say that if you have an i5-750, it is not a cost effective upgrade unless you are able to sell your current CPU at a reasonable price and/or if Intel releases much faster Socket 1156 cpu's down the track.


I'll agree with that.
January 6, 2010 7:14:40 PM

Unless you do a lot of very heavy multimedia stuff on a daily basis - encoding, video editing, ripping, etc - then an i5-750 will suite you just fine for 3-4 years easily. It's a very good processor and still handles even the heaviest tasks pretty damn well. Unless you have some undying or professional need for hyperthreading, don't worry too much about needing an i7 in the future.
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January 6, 2010 9:02:43 PM

warmon6 said:
:pfff:  What?

The core i7 860 and 870 are Only for the p55. So he would have an easy upgrade from the core i5 to an i7


yes, you're right. Don't know where my train of thought went to. 860 is i7. The non upgraded i7 would be the 9xx line.
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January 6, 2010 9:13:32 PM

flyin15sec said:
So far there are no i7 CPU upgrades for P55 boards, as all the i7 line are currently socket 1366. They will not physically fit.

IF you do want an upgrade the, i5 860 is very close, maybe even better in some apps, than an i7 920.


LOL Say what!?

i7-860 is probably your best upgrade option from the i5-750 as far as performance for the dollar. If you have gobs of cash to waste, you can go i7-870.

To be honest however, recent benchmarks and reviews have shown (especially with overclocking) there's really not much reason to upgrade from the i5-750 to the i7-860. The only real benefit is a small increase in STOCK clock speed, and Hyperthreading (which isn't used in games) for a small number of applications (video editing mainly).
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January 6, 2010 10:05:21 PM

There is no point in upgrading to an i7 860 if you already have an i5. The performance difference is negligible. Instead, get a better graphics card if you are a gamer.
The GT220 is a poor GPU that performs barely better than an entry-level 9400GT.

The GTS250 1GB is a 9800GTX rebranded, and equal to an ATI 4850. For around the same cost, you can get a 4870 512mb for about $125, which performs equal to a GTX260 sp192.

Or get a dx11 5770 card.
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