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September 7, 2010 1:58:37 AM

Hello, Hello, let's say I want to replace my i5-650 with the i7 eventually. Without knowing the model of my motherboard, can this be done by simply replacing the CPU or would I have to replace the motherboard as well? How can I tell? Thanks.

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September 7, 2010 2:05:16 AM

The Core i5's use the 1156 socket, while the Core i7's use the 1366 socket. You would need to replace the motherboard.

EDIT: Correction, there are 4 Core i7's that use the 1156 socket:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If you used one of those, you could keep your motherboard.
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September 7, 2010 2:05:22 AM

Your board only uses socket 1156 cpus; there are a few i7 1156 models that fit; no point in changing to socket 1366. I recommend the i7 870 Lynfield for around $300.
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September 7, 2010 4:43:54 AM

Good question. Anything else at all that I should be concerned about? Would it be an easy swap to do?
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September 7, 2010 5:57:19 AM

Yes. Just look under "cpu support" to be sure your current bios supports it.
September 7, 2010 6:05:43 AM

cpu support? where's that?
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September 7, 2010 11:16:08 AM

You can get the model number of your board with cpuz, a free download. "cpu support" is on every manufacturer's website on the main page for your board, or in the support section. If you have an oem board by a computer manufacturer, the board will be listed on dell's, hp, gateway's, etc website instead of the board manufacturer.
September 7, 2010 9:34:43 PM

How will I know if my bios supports the CPU change?
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September 7, 2010 11:03:40 PM

Under "cpu support" the bios file number is usually listed on the right side, or it will simply say "yes" or "no" for cpu support. Several cpus are listed.
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September 8, 2010 1:28:42 AM

If you post a screenshot of CPUz we can assist you in finding whether or not the new CPU would be compatible.
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