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December 29, 2012 4:10:18 AM

:hello:  Hello, I'm a computer newb. :)  I just wan't to ask if, I can change my processor on my motherboard.
My current processor is, i3 540. And my motherboard is H55M-SV2. "Gigabyte"
Can, I change my processor with-out changing the board? :sarcastic: 

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a b V Motherboard
December 29, 2012 4:44:01 AM
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You could upgrade to a first-gen i5. Those have been discontinued for a while so you would be shopping for either for a used part or a somewhat rare inventory leftover.

If you want to upgrade to current i5/i7 models (LGA1155), you will need a new MB.
December 29, 2012 6:45:05 AM

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December 29, 2012 6:48:35 AM

InvalidError said:
You could upgrade to a first-gen i5. Those have been discontinued for a while so you would be shopping for either for a used part or a somewhat rare inventory leftover.

If you want to upgrade to current i5/i7 models (LGA1155), you will need a new MB.
But it says, "supporting the latest intel® core™ i7, core™ i5 and core™ i3 processors featuring the first time ever integrated graphics on chip and lga 1156 socket(core™ i5 and core™ i3 processors only), gigabyte h5x series motherboards set a new standard in multimedia platform for high definition contents playback. with the gpu integrated directly into the processor die, gigabyte h5x motherboards support 2 channel ddr3 memory, wide range of display interfaces that includes vga, dvi, hdmi and displayport (depends on model). additionally, the gigabyte h5x series are optimized for greater graphics performance by enabling overclocking the gpu core frequency for a performance gain of up to 13%."
a b V Motherboard
December 29, 2012 6:54:43 AM

That "latest" stands true for the first gen core i processors when they were newwely launched. first generation core i use socket 1156. second generation and latest third gen core i cpu's use socket 1155. that difference of one pin makes all second and third gen core i cpu's incompatible with your mobo.

You can go for a core i5 750/760 or maybe an i7 920/930 if your budget allows.
December 29, 2012 7:02:33 AM

satyamdubey said:
That "latest" stands true for the first gen core i processors when they were newwely launched. first generation core i use socket 1156. second generation and latest third gen core i cpu's use socket 1155. that difference of one pin makes all second and third gen core i cpu's incompatible with your mobo.

You can go for a core i5 750/760 or maybe an i7 920/930 if your budget allows.
Hmm thanks! Now, I'm happy that, I can get a new processor with out changing the board! :D 
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