Question i5 to i7

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I have an i5 9400F and i want to upgrade to i7 but I dont know if I need to buy a new motherboard so can I use the i7 without buying a new motherboard.
 

MadsModsat

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Intel i7 7700k has the same chipset as your i5 so yes it could work but whats your specs on the comp!
If OP is able to use his or her 9400F currently, there is no way an i7 7700K is compatible, since they don't work on the same chipset, regardless of any updates you could think of.

Eventhough both CPUs use the LGA1151 socket, hardware changes were made to the socket for 8th and 9th Gen CPUs, such as the 9400f, which makes 7th Gen or earlier CPUs incompatible
 
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i am not sure about my motherboard i bought it already built and i want to upgrade cause im gonna buy a vr headset soon so i want more power to my computer
 

gtarayan

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I have an i5 9400F and i want to upgrade to i7 but I dont know if I need to buy a new motherboard so can I use the i7 without buying a new motherboard.
No, a 7700k is not a compatible upgrade.
Had someone suggested that 7700k is a suitable upgrade, and then deleted the response?

To your question, 8700k or 9700k (you won't be able to overclock, but K versions keep their resale values much better long-term) is a good step-up as long as the case is capable to accommodate something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Direct-Contact/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3NE7Y5RNDACYS&dchild=1&keywords=212+evo+cooler+master&qid=1585682861&sprefix=212+evo,aps,183&sr=8-2
 

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