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Proc/mobo compat; upgrade questions

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January 21, 2013 5:46:11 PM

This is kind of obscure, but somewhat specific:

I have a 2 year old Asus p7p55D-E pro mobo. it's LGA 1156 compatible with i3,i5,i7 procs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have an i5-760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I have a line to get discounted intel procs, so if I keep my existing mobo I'm wondering what the best proc my mobo can handle would be. Looks like an i7 of some kind. Honestly I haven't had a chance to look extensively but I'm having trouble verifying compatibility.

That being said, in a larger bottleneck sense, I'm sure a faster proc would be beneficial, but in terms of gaming I have a GTX 470 super overclock edition:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I wonder what if any improvement I'd see in gaming - I'm just getting to the point where I can't run new games (FC3) on maxed out settings :( 

If anyone has any suggestions or insight it would be much appreciated!
January 22, 2013 4:42:25 PM

one bump - anyone? I guess this will take some research
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January 22, 2013 4:48:13 PM

here are a few to look for the Intel® Core™ i7-860, Intel Core i7-870, or the Intel Core i7-875K. They are the best that your board can support. However if you are gaming I would just try to overclock your Intel Core i5-760 over trying to find one of these processors.

This is a complete list of the processors that would be support on your board and are better than you have. http://ark.intel.com/compare/41316,41315,48499,48500
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January 22, 2013 4:53:47 PM

Thank you that's very helpful! I have dabbled a bit in OC'ing and achieved modest gains (2.8 to 3.0,3.2) at a small increase in temp. I know people have had great success in oc'ing the i5-760.

That being said, I may be able to get a new proc altogether on the cheap (employee connection) hence the looking at upgrade options and whether they'd be worth it
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