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2 years ago#11
CM_Mojica posted...
Maybe I'll take it to a shop to install the part I may buy. I don't trust myself. ..


It's really easy. I wouldn't be too worried. Use the pea-size dot method for applying thermal paste. I suggest MX-4.
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2 years ago#12
Since your i5 is a non k version, it depends on the games you play. If you mostly play strat and mmo games that uses alot of cpu power eg: SC2 and wow, then it is worth the cost to upgrade. You would want a new haswell i5/i7 k series processor and overclock it. If you are not overclocking, it is kind of redundant to change thou.
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2 years ago#13
GrimmViking posted...
Since your i5 is a non k version, it depends on the games you play. If you mostly play strat and mmo games that uses alot of cpu power eg: SC2 and wow, then it is worth the cost to upgrade. You would want a new haswell i5/i7 k series processor and overclock it. If you are not overclocking, it is kind of redundant to change thou.


Nah, I don't play those. I mostly play uhhhh.... other games that are not strategy and mmos I guess? In other words games that a graphically more intensive. They run great I guess, but having a newer processor would just make me feel....better ? If that makes any sense lol.
2 years ago#14
MMaestro posted...
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.


It's not very difficult. There's really nothing to it. I did it my first time when I was 16, over ten years ago, based on information I read on the internet. I didn't do it well, mind you, but my computer didn't blow up.

It was actually more difficult trying to determine how much thermal paste I should apply.

Answer: About half a pea ON the center of the processor, and let the heatsink spread it out when you put it down.
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2 years ago#15
Not at all difficult but to be honest I don't think you need to upgrade yet.
2 years ago#16
Elfergos posted...
Not at all difficult but to be honest I don't think you need to upgrade yet.


Exactly. It's absolutely not worth it.
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2 years ago#17
Don't bother. Not worth it.
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2 years ago#18
Judgmenl posted...
Don't bother. Not worth it.


This is the correct answer.

With your motherboard, your options are limited. I don't think it is worth going from 2500 to 2600 i7. You would have to get a new motherboard for a new CPU, and even then I don't think it is worth it to spend hundreds of dollars and essentially tearing down the entire computer for what might not be a HUGE upgrade. The 2500 will suffice for now.
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2 years ago#19
Your processor is still new! You have no reason to upgrade. If you did, though, installing a new CPU is one of the easiest things you'll do with your computer. Applying thermal paste is something you can screw up, but a lot of heat sinks have thermal compound pre-applied so there's no guesswork.
2 years ago#20
Slayn posted...
Judgmenl posted...
Don't bother. Not worth it.


This is the correct answer.

With your motherboard, your options are limited. I don't think it is worth going from 2500 to 2600 i7. You would have to get a new motherboard for a new CPU, and even then I don't think it is worth it to spend hundreds of dollars and essentially tearing down the entire computer for what might not be a HUGE upgrade. The 2500 will suffice for now.


Also he would be paying ~$300 minimum for any reasonable upgrade.
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