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Do I have to change motherboard?

#1PurificationPosted 8/27/2013 4:14:56 PM
As the title suggests, I am upgrading my processor from a:

Core 2 Duo E6750 to either an i7 or i5 (possibly the 3570K)

I've also upgraded my GPU from a 8800GT to a Radeon HD 7870 but I think I might be bottlenecked....

My motherboard is from 2008, same time I got the other two parts and will an i5/i7 fit into the chip slot that an E6750 goes into?

Also, will I be able to upgrade to DDR3 Ram since I use DDR2 Ram right now (I assume DDR3 is the best right now?)?
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#2AorokushoPosted 8/27/2013 4:18:04 PM
You need a new motherboard. 2008 chipsets are not compatible for recent ones.
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#3fataliPosted 8/27/2013 4:21:08 PM(edited)
You have to change the motherboard too.

And yes, DDR3 is better than DDR2.
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#4Orestes417Posted 8/27/2013 4:18:52 PM
Yes you do. Different sockets.
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#5Purification(Topic Creator)Posted 8/27/2013 4:36:36 PM
What would be the ideal cheapest motherboard I could get for pairing with an i5 or i7?
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#6BadProfessionalPosted 8/27/2013 4:40:19 PM
Purification posted...
Also, will I be able to upgrade to DDR3 Ram since I use DDR2 Ram right now (I assume DDR3 is the best right now?)?


DDR2 vs DDR3 is a compatibility issue more than a performance issue. DDR3 does perform better, especially at the high end, but it's irrelevant since only a limited number of AM2+ motherboards allowed the choice of one or the other (and you're not looking at an AM2+ motherboard).
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#7fataliPosted 8/27/2013 4:50:03 PM
if you want cheap, I would choose this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131887

That board will work for any i5/i7 of 2nd or 3rd gen. But you can not overclock the processor, so if you were thinking about buying a 3570K, you would be wasting the unlock multiplier. A 3570 would be fine though.

If you want to overclock your CPU, you gonna need a motherboard with a Z77 chipset, that would cost a lot more.
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#8Purification(Topic Creator)Posted 8/27/2013 7:36:37 PM
Hmm....could you also tell me what the best possible CPU is that can fit into my motherboard (one that has the same chipsocket that fits an E6750). If I got that instead, how much of a difference would that be to either a low to mid end i7 or i5?

Also, would that CPU still bottleneck my HD 7870?
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#9PyrotechnixxxPosted 8/27/2013 7:39:22 PM
Purification posted...

Also, would that CPU still bottleneck my HD 7870?


Yes.
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