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Looking to upgrade my CPU.

#1Ace_BernsteinPosted 11/15/2013 8:21:05 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

This is my current motherboard. Right now I have an i3 but I really want to upgrade to an i7. I'm not the most savy at finding compatible processors though. Can anyone point me towards a good value buy on a compatible i7?
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#2Ace_Bernstein(Topic Creator)Posted 11/15/2013 8:46:56 AM
Actually...how much better would an i7 be than an i5? The price range of the i5s that I'm looking at are much more favorable to my wallet.
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#3_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 11/15/2013 9:10:26 AM(edited)
Here are the CPU's compatible with that model

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?cat=CPU&Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3

Note that the 3rd generation i5 and i7's require you to update the BIOS. Make sure you do this on your current CPU before you put in the new one.

What CPU are you upgrading from? What are the rest of your specs? Why are you upgrading and what do you intend to use the new processor for? The more mainstream decision would be the i5 3570k out of the CPU's that you can use with that motherboard. Note that the newer Haswell processors are not compatible.
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#4BrainhunterPosted 11/15/2013 9:21:11 AM
I wouldn't upgrade the CPU if you intend to keep it for a few years: DDR4 is right around the corner (to be released by the end of this year), and along with it, a whole different set of motherboards and CPUs to support it.
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#5Ace_Bernstein(Topic Creator)Posted 11/15/2013 10:55:40 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

Here are the other relevant parts of my setup. I plan on using this as a gaming machine, but I own a lot of Nintendo consoles as well so it doesn't have to max top of the line shooters or anything. I often wait for games to go on deep discount. Point in case, I only picked up Battlefield 3 a month ago. It runs pretty well surprisingly, but My processor is what is holding me back the most I think. I just want to keep it strong enough to play some newish games. Possibly the Elder Scrolls MMO and new Blizzard MMO.

I also have 8gb of ram, looking to add 4 more soon as well.
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#6Ace_Bernstein(Topic Creator)Posted 11/15/2013 11:04:48 AM
Here is my RAM as well

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
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#7Ace_Bernstein(Topic Creator)Posted 11/15/2013 7:45:12 PM
Bump
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#8_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 11/16/2013 5:11:12 PM
Upgrading to an i7 would be a waste in your case and would not make sense. An upgrade from your dual core second generation i3 to a 3rd generation i5 quad core such as the 3570k would be a huge upgrade. Instead of spending on an i7, you would be much better off by investing a better GPU along with that CPU. When the 6850 was released it offered great bang for buck. But really, it is not that great anymore.
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