Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Motherboard upgrade for i7 920 CPU (Dell 435MT)

Last response: in Motherboards
Share
January 24, 2013 8:03:50 PM

Hello,

I have semi-upgraded stock Dell 435MT desktop with an i7 (920) CPU. The original motherboard won't allow me to do any overlocking, so I managed to find new mid-range quality 1366 MSI motherboard (MSI LGA 1366, ATX Motherboard X58A-GD45) which will cost me around 140$ bucks. Here is what I plan on achieving with new motherboard and old CPU chip:

1) Overlocking CPU from 2.7 Ghz to about 3.0-3.3 Ghz (using Hyper212 Cooler-Master CPU cooler)
2) SLI my GTX570 (current motherboard has only one PCIe slot)

Please share any thoughts on whether you guys thing that investing 129$ in the new motherboard and another 200$ for SLI GTX570 is worth the hassle and money to improve performance.

THANKS!

Specs:
i7 920 @ 2.6Ghz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, Windows Vista 64-bit Pro, 850Watt PSU, Rosewill Challenger Case

I use my PC for presentations, word processing, PDF files, emails, and of course gaming. I don't plan on using heavy apps like Photoshop or anything of that nature.
a b V Motherboard
a b à CPUs
January 24, 2013 8:13:45 PM

One other thing to consider, if you Windows OS came with the Dell, it is an OEM version & is tied to the motherboard, if you upgrade to a new motherboard, your OS isn't going to work. You'll need to purchase a new one.

jim
m
0
l
a b V Motherboard
a b à CPUs
January 24, 2013 8:14:12 PM

I wish they made z77 boards as pretty has x58 boards.

Sure, go for it, youl be fine, you MIGHT have to re-install windows though, because the OEM vista OS wont recognize the firmware on the new motherboard. (Youl know if you BSOD on startup with the new board)
m
0
l
Related resources
January 24, 2013 8:30:29 PM

jimpz said:
One other thing to consider, if you Windows OS came with the Dell, it is an OEM version & is tied to the motherboard, if you upgrade to a new motherboard, your OS isn't going to work. You'll need to purchase a new one.

jim


Thanks for the reply Jim! You are correct my Windows OS is Dell-certified. I heard about this issue, and someone told me that there is a program that can will allow me to do that without having to buy a new OS. But dully noted, if the program doesn't work, I will run into a 100$ additional expenditures.
m
0
l
January 24, 2013 8:31:58 PM

austing said:
I wish they made z77 boards as pretty has x58 boards.

Sure, go for it, youl be fine, you MIGHT have to re-install windows though, because the OEM vista OS wont recognize the firmware on the new motherboard. (Youl know if you BSOD on startup with the new board)


Couldn't agree with you more, Austing. I barely found a decent price for a 1366LGA motherboard. Others cost in the excess of 300$ (low-mid range products) because the discontinued any future production of i7 920's.
m
0
l
!