Budget CPU and Motherboard upgrade

fuzeddot

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CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Processor
Graphics: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB
PSU: Corsair CX Series 500 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply
Ram: 8 Gig
Motherboard: Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards

I want to upgrade my CPU to an i5. Should I be getting a new motherboard to support an i5? If so what should I get? Considering that I'm not trying to break my bank.
 

logainofhades

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First figure out your actual motherboard model. It should support an E3 1230v2, all the way up to a 1290v2, given the chipset, but be sure. Also get a better quality power supply. Those old CX units are not very good.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $59.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-17 17:10 EST-0500

Ebay 1270v2
 
Your current CPU is a 3.3ghz part. So look for a 3.3ghz or better i5 or i7. Something like an i5 3550 or 3570 or i7 equivalent. That way in dual core friendly games you'll get at least the same performance as now and in quad core demanding games you'll get better performance.
 

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