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Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:10 am

Can I upgrade my computer's CPU from an i3 to an i5 processor?
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Re: Upgrade

Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:31 am

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Most likely, you can. The simplest way is to stay in the series. For example, if you have an i3-6300, you can likely upgrade to an i5-6500 without too much trouble.
To be safe though, you should check the compatibility with your motherboard manufacturer.
For example, the Asus H110M motherboard ( ... fications/) says
Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU

Then a more specific list: ... pDesk_CPU/
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Re: Upgrade

Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:42 am

Is your computer a laptop or desktop?
What is the current CPU model? (right-click My Computer -> Properties)
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