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2 years ago#1
My gpu is a 7970 and my current processor is an i5-2500 3.3ghz ( something like that ). Something is telling me that it may be time to upgrade the processor. If it is simple, What do you recommend in the 200 buck area?
2 years ago#2
Yes. It's easy, but I would suggest switching the motherboard, as well, to go with a newer CPU like a Haswell i5 or i7.
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2 years ago#3
TheFeshPince posted...
Yes. It's easy, but I would suggest switching the motherboard, as well, to go with a newer CPU like a Haswell i5 or i7.


Would the cost of upgrading the mobo be worth the marginal performance improvement that Haswell would offer over Ivy Bridge? That is assuming his current mobo has a decent chipset.
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2 years ago#4
It's easy, the only part that's a bit of a pain is pushing down the lever to keep it in place. Zero insertion force, my ass.
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2 years ago#5
CircleOfManias posted...
It's easy, the only part that's a bit of a pain is pushing down the lever to keep it in place. Zero insertion force, my ass.


This. especially if you have thicker fingers.
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2 years ago#6
Its very difficult. Ignore the other guys, they're just hardcore veterans who have gotten used to the difficulty of doing so. When you're struggling with the processor fan and how much force to use on the lever, you'll curse those jerks.
2 years ago#7
gsf4lyfe posted...
TheFeshPince posted...
Yes. It's easy, but I would suggest switching the motherboard, as well, to go with a newer CPU like a Haswell i5 or i7.


Would the cost of upgrading the mobo be worth the marginal performance improvement that Haswell would offer over Ivy Bridge? That is assuming his current mobo has a decent chipset.


My mobo is an intel dh67bl. ( that's what it says on my pc ) chipset model is sandy bridge.
2 years ago#8
getting the levers down the first time - no problem
forgetting to add the thermal paste and having to do it again - total biatch
2 years ago#9
CM_Mojica posted...
gsf4lyfe posted...
TheFeshPince posted...
Yes. It's easy, but I would suggest switching the motherboard, as well, to go with a newer CPU like a Haswell i5 or i7.


Would the cost of upgrading the mobo be worth the marginal performance improvement that Haswell would offer over Ivy Bridge? That is assuming his current mobo has a decent chipset.


My mobo is an intel dh67bl. ( that's what it says on my pc ) chipset model is sandy bridge.


I would get a new mobo. Yours isn't meant for overclocking. And just FYI chipset refers to the north bridge and south bridge on your mobo, not your processor. In this case your chipset is an H87.
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2 years ago#10
Maybe I'll take it to a shop to install the part I may buy. I don't trust myself. ..
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