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Can i put an i7 processor in an i3 motherboard

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June 22, 2011 6:28:10 PM

so I have a gateway pc. I have made some upgrades to the tower since I purchased it. new power supply and a video card. I was wondering if my i3 530 processor could be upgraded to an i7 the pc came in all three processors. although the i7 was a special order due to price. any help would be appreciated. thanks.
June 22, 2011 6:31:36 PM

what motherboard do you have and which i7 processor is it?
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June 22, 2011 7:01:50 PM

attackllama said:
what motherboard do you have and which i7 processor is it?


I got this from gateway the model is DX4831-01e. I'm not sure what the exact type of motherboard i have. I have done several look ups and cannot find an exact model number on my motherboard. the processor that i currently am running is an i3 530. I am looking to purchase an i7 processor. I was wondering what my options were if any. Again, thank you.
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June 22, 2011 7:10:45 PM

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June 22, 2011 7:10:57 PM

Run dxdiag. It will tell you the motherboard's model number. Assuming you are not locked down by the BIOS, you can upgrade to any i7 8XX processor.
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June 22, 2011 7:49:59 PM

Emperus said:
Run dxdiag. It will tell you the motherboard's model number. Assuming you are not locked down by the BIOS, you can upgrade to any i7 8XX processor.


I tried dxdiag. IT did not give me the info I needed. I used cpu-z and got the model number and chipset. Thanks everyone for pointing me in the right direction. the help is greatly appreciated.
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June 22, 2011 7:51:06 PM

Best answer selected by larrythefox.
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June 22, 2011 8:35:23 PM

I had that same Gateway dx4831-01e , you can use intel i5-750 or even i7 870 will work , make sure you do a bios update from Gateways website before upgrading processor
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