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3 years ago#1
Ok. I have a decent video card : HD 6950

Low end CPU: First generation i3


How should I upgrade the CPU? Should I go for a new mobo to get a newer CPU? Or should I keep the same mobo and get first gen i5 or i7? What would be the most cost effective?
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3 years ago#2
Not sure if the i3 is lga 1155.
If it isn't, pick up an 1155 board and an i5-3570.
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3 years ago#3
what motherboard do you currently have?
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3 years ago#4
First gen i3s were on 1156 iirc, which means you will need a new motherboard in order to upgrade to sandy/ivy bridge
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3 years ago#5
If you can overclock your i3 then I wouldn't upgrade yet unless you can find a 1st gen i5 for cheap. Don't get an 1156 i7, it's basically just an i5 with hyperthreading) or a 6xx i5 as it's dual core.
3 years ago#6
I have an 1156 mobo

but heres the thing, if i want the new icore cpu's I'd have to change both mobo and CPU (to 1155 mobo).

Or should I keep the mobo i have and get a first generation i5 or i7?
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3 years ago#7
IMO, get a 1156 i5/i7 CPU if you can find one...They are still good, and a mobo + CPU upgrade would be quite alot more expensive
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