Can I replace a motherboards on a computer

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Basiclly what i want to know is can i replace a motherboard on a computer so i can install Intel Core i7 Without having to replace the whole computer? And also if so which motherboard should i buy for intense gaming?
 

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Well it depends on:

-what motherboard you have
-are you overclocking
-your budget

The $40-50 H81 motherboards are "good for gaming" so by comparison, all 1150 mobos should be good for it.
 

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umm hmm i think i would prefer the cheapest but idk if it worths buying a expensive motherboard im kinda rusty on computers
 

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http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#s=24&sort=a7

Here's a list. If you are getting one of the haswell refresh i7's then get a h97 board. If not, most boards should be fine.

Edit: if you aren't overclocking or anything, then a cheap motherboard is fine.

What's your current system?
 

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I have a Dell Dimension E521 mother board. ( not sure....)
I dont know what overclocking is lol
and my budget is probaly what u suggested $40-50 range
really im looking to buy mother board seperate from the cpu but idk im looking for intel core i7.
still not sure about that website u gave me?
 

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hehe no worries, overclocking is when you make your parts faster by upping the frequency/voltage. It's a hobby for tech people :p

That site I linked shows the the motherboards available from lowest to highest.
If you only have $50 to spend, then get this one
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-h81mp33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130731&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
 

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Also, do you have a good graphics card?

I'm just wondering why you are putting a i7 in an old computer. There are legitimate reasons, I am just curious :)

Edit: what model is the dell you have?
 

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wow thanks so ur sure that the one from newegg.com is reliable and includes the cpu im looking for? Sorry if im asking too much i want to be on the safe side. :)
 

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im not sure what model dell i have but i have a NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT graphics and i would like to put i7 into my computer so i can have better performance with my games cause my AMD right now i think isnt as good
 

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hmm, well I guess it depends what you are doing. If you have that old of a graphics card, I'm not sure the best thing is to put a $300 i7 in it :p

You could put in an i5 for $170-180 and a 750ti for $139.

Again, it depends what you use your computer for.

The model/series is usually on the back/side of the case. If you go to control panel---> system it should usually tell you that to.
 

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well i would like to use my computer for intense 3D gaming like i said but graphics card wise i also have a NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS also i think my dell is DVSR4D
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $364.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Without knowing your power supply, I wouldn't get better more than the 750ti. The 750ti can play watchdogs on ultra at 30+fps.

What games are you playing?
 

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borderlands 2
league of legends
 

jaraldo

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Well, you don't really need much :p Those are actually very easy games for even $70 graphics cards to run.

Borderland 2 benchmarks
http://techreport.com/review/26050/nvidia-geforce-gtx-750-ti-maxwell-graphics-processor/6

League of legends takes even less, so don't worry about it.

One thing to consider though, is that you might not be able to reuse your ram if it's DDR2.
I'm also wondering if your case is too small to fit that motherboard in. Can you try opening it up or looking around the whole case for a model/series number?


Also, for $400-500 you could build brand new if you wanted to.
 

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i already looked around case and i found service tag? DVSR4D1. so could u lay out what i shuld buy to plays these games with performance like... just buy new graphics card or but intel i5 ?
 

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well
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maybe what would u suggest for a new one

well first of all u didnt answer my question. So i want to play borderlands 2 and league of legends with good performance... so shuld i get better graphics card or what would u reccommend to get..?
 

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Could you do $500?

I understand not wanting to upgrade, but you will already need a new processor, motherboard, ram and graphics card. We don't know how good the power supply is in your case either.

From what I saw, it was a $500 pc when you bought it. If it lasted 7 years, you got your money's worth out of it. A new $500 build would last around 5-7 years to. At least comparing it to the performance of your computer now.
 

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Well, I actually have answered your question. I showed you benchmarks to borderlands.

I told you to that a new graphics card would bottleneck (slowdown) your system because of the processor.

These are the miscommunications that happen when you don't make a good first post :p
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice

Have you tried playing League of legends and borderlands 2 on your computer? If they run fine, then why change anything? I just figured they weren't running good for you and that's why you wanted to upgrade.
 

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alright i see. So could u give me recommendations for a $500 gaming PC
what about this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227570 ?
 

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So another point, prebuilts are about 25% more expensive than building a computer yourself. At this budget, you would get a very bad system from a prebuilt. I can make you a good $500 build that will be 25%-30 better than a prebuilt at the same price.

One thing I haven't mention, do you have an operating system disc? like the windows 7 or 8 install CD?
 

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yes
i would like a pre-build is there a good one u would reccommend for me ?
 

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