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September 13, 2012 10:21:01 PM

Hello !!
I have this gateway dx4831-01e came with an i3 530, my question its as follows.

what i7s or i5s can I upgrade to ? there are so many different ones i dont know. I need to know for sure which ones.

i try contacting gateway on their online chat and they dont know anything. makes me mad and sad at the same time such horrible support.

Thank you so much !!!!

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September 13, 2012 10:36:28 PM

Most OEM motherboards have very limited CPU support, usually only models the builder was selling in that particular lineup. You may be better off upgrading to a standard h77 or b75 motherboard and current-generation CPU.
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September 13, 2012 10:50:04 PM

InvalidError said:
Most OEM motherboards have very limited CPU support, usually only models the builder was selling in that particular lineup. You may be better off upgrading to a standard h77 or b75 motherboard and current-generation CPU.


seems reasonable but my problem its I cant afford to buy both at the same time not atm maybe in a couple of months for now but I dont wanna wait.

if I can find someone that knows which cpus I can upgrade too that would be better I can get the cpu and it should work till I can upgrade my motherboard, then its the dilemma if its backwards compatible with my current cpu but thats the next worry all I need its this info first.
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September 13, 2012 10:58:25 PM

the i3 530 is of the 1156 pin variety, the money spent on a replacement cpu for your motherboard wouldnt be worth it. save your pennies and build a new system when you are able.
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September 13, 2012 11:01:36 PM

daswilhelm said:
the i3 530 is of the 1156 pin variety, the money spent on a replacement cpu for your motherboard wouldnt be worth it. save your pennies and build a new system when you are able.


This.^^
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September 13, 2012 11:02:05 PM

You should be able toupgrade to any s1156 cpu, but they are expensive compared to newer cpu's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You would need to contact Gateway tech support to find out for sure which your motherboard supports. A different cpu may require a bios update.

Tech support your talking to is probably level 1 and they don't know crap or they just want you to buy a new computer. Which is why you shouldn't buy pre-built crap like Gateway in the first place.

If you had a non-oem motherboard that you can buy at Newegg and such, you can simply go to the manufacturers website and view the cpu support list.
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September 13, 2012 11:05:21 PM

daswilhelm said:
the i3 530 is of the 1156 pin variety, the money spent on a replacement cpu for your motherboard wouldnt be worth it. save your pennies and build a new system when you are able.


care to tell me which motherboard and which cpu I should be looking at ? I have no idea I need something affordable
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September 13, 2012 11:08:36 PM

geekapproved said:
You should be able toupgrade to any s1156 cpu, but they are expensive compared to newer cpu's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You would need to contact Gateway tech support to find out for sure which your motherboard supports. A different cpu may require a bios update.

Tech support your talking to is probably level 1 and they don't know crap or they just want you to buy a new computer. Which is why you shouldn't buy pre-built crap like Gateway in the first place.

If you had a non-oem motherboard that you can buy at Newegg and such, you can simply go to the manufacturers website and view the cpu support list.


I agree I see the light now . but well I got a hd 7970 as a gift and I wanna make the most out of it. but I got to work with what I got atm. I guess i can just buy one of those and try if it works if it doesnt just return it and try again?
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September 13, 2012 11:17:17 PM

geekapproved said:
You would need to contact Gateway tech support to find out for sure which your motherboard supports. A different cpu may require a bios update.


I recommended that to someone before with their Gateway system, but Gateway wouldn't tell them anything because they don't officially support CPU upgrades... And Gateway doesn't even list compatible CPU's anywhere.
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