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Can my Windows Vista Home Premium run an Intel I5 at 3.1 GHz?

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July 24, 2011 8:20:59 PM

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium (currently with the following):

-1.5 GB RAM (upgrading to 3GB or 4GB RAM unless said something else)
-nVidia GeForce 9500 GT
-Intel Premium Dual CPU E2140 (1.6 GHz)
-32-bit

I was wondering if I could install an Intel i5 on my computer. If I can, what exactly do I need to do so?
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July 24, 2011 9:08:25 PM

It is literally impossible... You can but on a different MoBo... there's two type of i5, a Socket 1155 or a Socket 1156... What you should get is a Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 which is the best(Not the best of the best but it got what the QX9770 has) and you can OC it to 3.59GHz at stock voltage+heatsink(Never reaches 90*C)...
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July 24, 2011 9:43:07 PM

You can install an Intel Core i5, but you must replace the motherboard and RAM as well as the CPU.

If you do go for such an upgrade you can get 4GB of RAM inexpensively.
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July 24, 2011 11:26:30 PM

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lol, for the price of a Q9550 he could buy a phenom 955 and an AM3+ mobo too... no point spending that much on an outdated processor and anyway, his mobo probably wouldn't support it anyway.

and to the OP why Vista, why not Windows 7? If you give us a budget, and you main uses for your PC we could reccommend a good upgrade for you.


I use my computer for multiple things but all I want is to "up" the performance of it for online-multiplayer games. With what I currently have, I run at 150 FPS in a first-person shooter but when a lot of things happen at once (such as explosions, high amount of players shooting at once, ect.), my frames drop dramatically. I, obviously, heard my processor was crap and I said to myself, "so that must be the reason why the huge FPS-drop" but I still wasnt sure so I ended up here asking you all about this
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July 25, 2011 2:57:55 AM

RafTheDude said:
I use my computer for multiple things but all I want is to "up" the performance of it for online-multiplayer games. With what I currently have, I run at 150 FPS in a first-person shooter but when a lot of things happen at once (such as explosions, high amount of players shooting at once, ect.), my frames drop dramatically. I, obviously, heard my processor was crap and I said to myself, "so that must be the reason why the huge FPS-drop" but I still wasnt sure so I ended up here asking you all about this

Yes the CPU does involve in FPS, it's not just video card... To play every game smooth with a good video card at 150FPS, you need to get at least a Quad Core(Not Quad Virtual Core, Ex) 2 Cores 4 Thread)... But Since the Second Generation Processor came, it i3 performs pretty well... Get an i3 2120 and $100 Mobo and $40 RAM...
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July 25, 2011 4:00:07 AM

RafTheDude said:
I have a Windows Vista Home Premium (currently with the following):

-1.5 GB RAM (upgrading to 3GB or 4GB RAM unless said something else)
-nVidia GeForce 9500 GT
-Intel Premium Dual CPU E2140 (1.6 GHz)
-32-bit


1. Sell ur motherboard, processor and RAM.

2. buy any of these instead

Phenom II x4 955 (~120)
Any cheap AM3 motherboard
and get a stick of 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM (~$35)

or

Core i3 2100 (~$125)
any cheap lga 1155 socket motherboard
and get a stick of 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM (~$35)
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July 25, 2011 4:25:31 PM

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this isnt a hardware issue its your internet connection or your network card not being able to keep up.

It's his CPU.. It's an intel pentium, what do you expect they can do? Intel Pentium is kinda useless but the Second Gen Pentium are pretty good for low end gaming build.. A Dual Core isn't much a gamer since a lot of new games that's coming out is taking advantage of Quad Cores Like BF3 which is ganna be the Best game that's coming out...
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