Question Low Spec PC Build/Upgrade Query (MoBo-CPU)

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Hi All,

I'm currently using a PC with a LG/MicroStar MS-7619 motherboard (LGA1156 DDR3) from 2009 with a Core i3 550 in it. I think it's an OEM board.

I was planning on upgrading the CPU and the best I can get is an Intel Xeon X3470 and I was planning on pairing it with a NVIDIA GT 1030 or an AMD RX 560. For really light gaming and office tasks.

Is the X3470 compatible with this board? I couldn't find any article that shows the list of compatible CPU and most are not updated. I was hoping that I won't have to buy a new motherboard.

Motherboard image for reference
 

BogdanH

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Yes, i3 550 and X3470 use the same socket and are interchangeable. However, MS-7619 board probably won't recognize it -which means you need "better" motherboard for that Xeon. In short: makes no sense you put money on upgrading 10+ years old system -at the end it would still perform poor by today standards.
I realize you budget is tight, but try to find some entry level PC on used market -something that isn't older than about 5-6 years.
 
What is your budget?
The big advantage of a X3470 processor is that it gives you 8 threads vs. 4 on your I3-550. There is only a marginal 5% boost in single thread performance. That is what desktop usage needs most.
What is the psu?
RX560 needs something like 400w.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
GTX1050 will run on less and is a similar performer.
GT1030 will run on slot power only and may be your only good choice.

If you are not now using a ssd for your windows C drive, that will be your best performance upgrade.
Migration is trivial if you buy a samsung ssd.
 
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Yes, i3 550 and X3470 use the same socket and are interchangeable. However, MS-7619 board probably won't recognize it -which means you need "better" motherboard for that Xeon. In short: makes no sense you put money on upgrading 10+ years old system -at the end it would still perform poor by today standards.
I realize you budget is tight, but try to find some entry level PC on used market -something that isn't older than about 5-6 years.
i see. actually, I'm doing it out of interest and just hobby to tinker with old hardware. I'm just planning on building temporary pc that could play some light games. It just also happened that I found an old pc, I also, crossposted this query on other forums. And found some references that an MS-7619 can handle a i7 870 which is the same as the Xeon x3470 just different cpu type.

http://valid.x86.fr/pziq2k
http://valid.x86.fr/zyyten
and this article I poorly translated automatically.

So, it was either buying an i7 870 which is twice the price of Xeon x3470. I don't really mind using old hardware. To be honest, after a day. I think i would just buy a new motherboard and an i7 870.

EDIT: added query

But, theoretically do you think the i7 870 would work with the MS-7619? I'll try it first before buying a new board. :)
 
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Mar 25, 2021
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What is your budget?
The big advantage of a X3470 processor is that it gives you 8 threads vs. 4 on your I3-550. There is only a marginal 5% boost in single thread performance. That is what desktop usage needs most.
What is the psu?
RX560 needs something like 400w.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
GTX1050 will run on less and is a similar performer.
GT1030 will run on slot power only and may be your only good choice.

If you are not now using a ssd for your windows C drive, that will be your best performance upgrade.
Migration is trivial if you buy a samsung ssd.
Budget isn't really a problem.
I just wanted to bring new life to old hardware with better specs. Speaking of specs. I'm just planning on building a pc that has the same specs as my old one, just cheaper.

But, i simply decided to use a new motherboard. Here's my build plan
  • Core i7 870
  • GTX 1060
  • Corsair 450w PSU
  • 16gb 1333mhz RAM
  • And SSDs of course :)
As for the motherboard, I decided to just buy a used one that support the intel core i7 870 and or an x3470. I found this russian dude that uses a h55M-E33. I don't really mind using old hardware. I'm not a hardcore gamer. I just love building PC :D

Also, this would probably cost me $300 from where I'm from. but still looking for good specs.
 
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