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Can I use the i7 from my asus notebook in a desktop build?

Hi everybody, first time asker and builder.

I'm preparing to build my first desktop. I have a laptop with an i7 processor (not sure of model but it is 2.66 GHz). Im going for a gaming rig, I would like to save myself some money and buy an i3 for my laptop and transfer the i7 from my laptop to my desktop. So my two questions are, can I do that? and is it cost effective?

Thank you in advance.
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  1. ryder1155 said:
    Hi everybody, first time asker and builder.

    I'm preparing to build my first desktop. I have a laptop with an i7 processor (not sure of model but it is 2.66 GHz). Im going for a gaming rig, I would like to save myself some money and buy an i3 for my laptop and transfer the i7 from my laptop to my desktop. So my two questions are, can I do that? and is it cost effective?

    Thank you in advance.

    no more than likely its soldered to the board for starters and its a different socket pin arrangement anyways afaik
  2. No. You have to have a desktop processor for a desktop build.. while yes a Desktop i7 is similar to a Notebook i7... no they are not the same. .. You can't change your laptops CPU's.. the CPU's are sauder'd into the laptops PCB.
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    ryder1155 said:
    Hi everybody, first time asker and builder.

    I'm preparing to build my first desktop. I have a laptop with an i7 processor (not sure of model but it is 2.66 GHz). Im going for a gaming rig, I would like to save myself some money and buy an i3 for my laptop and transfer the i7 from my laptop to my desktop. So my two questions are, can I do that? and is it cost effective?

    Thank you in advance.


    No laptop I7's share the same name as thier desktop cousing but they are not the same. Laptop I7's use a different socket, lower clock speeds and lower TDP You can't put a Sandy Bridges or Ivy Bridges laptop I7 in a desktop socket.
  4. alright then, no big deal. Thank you all so much for answering me. have a happy holiday season. out of curiosity, if any of you have a gaming pc build, what is it?just so i have an idea of what I should be shopping for.
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  6. Hi, What laptop processor do you have? Look for mini-itx boards with a socket that supports the CPU you have.
    An example: http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/ipcboard_view.asp?productid=996&proname=NF9G-QM77
    About 180$ on Amazon.
    It supports the i7 620-M that might be your CPU: http://ark.intel.com/compare/43126,43560,43122,43124,43544,43537,43529,
    and http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/ipcboard_view.asp?productid=996&proname=NF9G-QM77
  7. alexoiu said:
    Hi, What laptop processor do you have? Look for mini-itx boards with a socket that supports the CPU you have.
    An example: http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/ipcboard_view.asp?productid=996&proname=NF9G-QM77
    About 180$ on Amazon.
    It supports the i7 620-M that might be your CPU: http://ark.intel.com/compare/43126,43560,43122,43124,43544,43537,43529,
    and http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/ipcboard_view.asp?productid=996&proname=NF9G-QM77

    180 on a board not really an economical way to build a gaming rig now especially from jetway a desktop alternate half the price will be better so not such a good idea
  8. It's about him to decide. I just say that there are desktop boards that support mobile CPUs, even if mini-itx, which is the correct answer to his question.
    And about soldered CPUs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_RPd18WEcw
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