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Amst3rDamag3

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Hi all,

I have two or three questions:


UPGRADING:
Currently I am running a GigaByte 965P-DS3 (Bios version F14) which has a socket model 775.
  • Can I safely upgrade my CPU to any other 775 socket sized CPU?


SYSTEM BUILDING:
I am composing a new 64-bit system, separate from the one above (obviously). It's the same question:
  • If I pick a i7 socket mobo, can I upgrade the CPU to any other i7 socket CPU in the future?
  • Also, is i9 coming anywhere soon?



Thanks in advance for your replies. :)


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Can I safely upgrade my CPU to any other 775 socket sized CPU?
can I upgrade the CPU to any other i7 socket CPU in the future?

No and no. While the socket limits the CPU options to CPUs that fit that socket, the REAL determining factor for CPU (and RAM) compatibility with a motherboard is the chipset.

Every (at least major) motherboard maker post QVLs - qualified vendors lists - for both CPUs and RAM on each motherboard's website, as seen for that Gigabyte board here. You MUST buy from the CPU list to ensure compatibility. There are too many RAM makers and models for the board makers to test them all, so you don't have to buy RAM from the list, but you do need to buy RAM with the same electrical (and obviously physical) characteristics as listed RAM.
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Can I safely upgrade my CPU to any other 775 socket sized CPU?
can I upgrade the CPU to any other i7 socket CPU in the future?

No and no. While the socket limits the CPU options to CPUs that fit that socket, the REAL determining factor for CPU (and RAM) compatibility with a motherboard is the chipset.


Super.., thank you!
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iammykyl

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If you are researching a future high performance computer build, the latest sockets are.

AMD, socket AM3+, *note the plus sign*

This article may be of interest.

http://allyncs.com/d...DProcGuide.html

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Intel, socket LGA 1155, Motherboards, I would look at the Z68 platform.

This article may be of interest.

http://allyncs.com/d...lProcGuide.html
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