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Old 12-13-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Greetings Everyone!

So i just found out the i7 runs for about 300 bucks now!
Opposed to the 1.2k price when i was building my computer a year ago.
So i'm looking to upgrade to my i5 to the i7

I've had the program "CPU-Z" on my computer for awhile now but i'm not to adept at reading it.

My processor is Intel Core i5 650
Which uses a 1156 LGA Socket.

Does anyone know the socket type on a i7, would i have to change my motherboard as well?

Other Questions
in dxdiag it says my processor has 4 CPU's, are CPU's cores?
CPU-Z says i have 2 cores.

Also my clock speed is 3.20GHz
but an i7 with a 2.80GHz Clock speed is far superior?
Is that because of the Cores or the Mb Cache?


Last Anyone know a good site for cheap computer parts?
Besides tiger direct cause that's where i currently browse.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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Does anyone know the socket type on a i7, would i have to change my motherboard as well?
it depends on which model. I know that the 2600k is on an AM3.
in dxdiag it says my processor has 4 CPU's, are CPU's cores?
CPU-Z says i have 2 cores.
CPU-Z is counting the # of physical cores. each physical core on your i5 also has a virtual core, which is why dxdiag is saying 4.
Is that because of the Cores or the Mb Cache?
as far as I know, the 2.8 Ghz clock speed isn't, but the mb cache on the i7 IS superior.
Last Anyone know a good site for cheap computer parts?
either newegg.com for parts or cyberpowerpc.com for whole builds.
my suggestion? ditch your motherboard and your i5 for a crossfireX motherboard and the AMD fx-8150, becuase it has ALOT more bang for the buck.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
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my suggestion? ditch your motherboard and your i5 for a crossfireX motherboard and the AMD fx-8150, becuase it has ALOT more bang for the buck.
I'm not good at buying motherboards, alot of times if i buy a new one i end up with a whole new rig! So if i NEED to change my motherboard i would be grateful to receive help with that too.

My computer is a Dell Xps 8100,
Board: Dell Inc. 0G3HR7 A00
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series [Display adapter]
3.20 gigahertz Intel Core i5 650

I think that all that's really import with motherboards?
Ram as well i believe cause of those little openings have different placements.
other than that doesn't PSU, HDD's and disk drives attatch to all motherboards?
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