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Processor/chipset compatibility concern...


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#1 ozzy7029

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:00 PM

Greetings to all! :)

 

I purchased a Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 Tower about a year ago while overseas. I brought the PC back with me to the US, and I feel it's time for an upgrade...

 

It currently has an Intel i3-4130 Quad Core @ 3.40GHz. I was hoping to upgrade to an i7-4790K Quad Core @ 4.4 GHZ Turbo. The Intel website states that I have a compatible chipset (Intel H81 / C220), the Lenovo website only mentions the i7-4770s (either as a stock option or upgrade, the website doesn't clarify). From my basic understanding they are both 4th generation processors, so BIOS modification won't be necessary (I hope, because I'm not familiar with it).

 

I tried contacting Lenovo through e-mail, they still haven't responded. I've tried contacting Intel as well, unfortunately the service representative I spoke with didn't seem to understand what I was saying.

 

In short, I don't want to buy the new processor until I'm 100% sure it will work with my current setup. I wanted to upgrade from the 8GB of RAM I have currently to 16GB (the Lenovo website states that this is the limit), is it possible that if if I can upgrade the processor, I will be able to put 32GB? There are 2 slot module bays, listed as 2 X 8GB maximum. Or does this process require a new motherboard?

 

I apologize for my lack of knowledge in advance, and appreciate any guidance anyone can offer!



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:44 PM

I know the fact that your PC is compatible with i7-4770 non overclock version of i7-4770k, and here is your PC specifications on manufacturer site http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops/thinkcentre/edge-series-towers/e73/#tab-technical_specifications

 

  • Intel® Core™ i7-4770S 65W
  • Intel® Core™ i7-4770 84W
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4430s / 4440s / 4570s / 4670s 65W
  • Intel® Core™ i3-4130 / 4330 65W
  • Intel® Pentium™ G3220 / G3420 / G3430 65W

 

Also, can you please show me how do you find out your motherboard chipset? Because on the manufacturer site didn't mentioned anything about the motherboard. 



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 09:59 PM

Thanks for your reply!

 

I found the motherboard details through Device Manager in Windows.

 

It's also listed here : https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/Desktops-and-all-in-ones/ThinkCentre-E-Series-desktops/ThinkCentre-E73/parts/PD029623

 

I got a reply from Intel saying it's compatible, thanks for helping me obtain peace of mind before making a purchase! :)



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 10:16 PM

H81 motherboards are not meant for Devils Canyon CPUs such as i7 4790 or i7 4790k.

H81 is a locked motherboard chipset, so overclocking will not be possible unless its a pentium g3258.

 

Therefore I recommend either i7 4770 or i7 4770s for your case. 


Edited by ShunYuki, 08 February 2016 - 10:16 PM.


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Posted 08 February 2016 - 10:28 PM

Oh my...I just realized I left a paragraph out of my last reply...

 

I had sent Intel an e-mail inquiring about the i7 4770/4770S prior to asking about the i7 4790K.

 

They replied saying what you mentioned, thanks once again! :)

 

I'm leaning towards the i7 4770S. Is it better than the 4770 in terms of performance? I looked at the specifications and they seem similar, albeit the fact the 4770S is about 10 dollars cheaper.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 10:32 PM

Oh my...I just realized I left a paragraph out of my last reply...

 

I had sent Intel an e-mail inquiring about the i7 4770/4770S prior to asking about the i7 4790K.

 

They replied saying what you mentioned, thanks once again! :)

 

I'm leaning towards the i7 4770S. Is it better than the 4770 in terms of performance? I looked at the specifications and they seem similar, albeit the fact the 4770S is about 10 dollars cheaper.

This might give you an idea. 

 

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4770S-vs-Intel-Core-i7-4770

 

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/524/Intel_Core_i7_i7-4770_vs_Intel_Core_i7_i7-4770S.html

 

There's not much difference between those two. If you want a power efficient processor then you should go with i7-4770s, but if you want power a normal gaming PC then you should go with i7-4770.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 10:36 PM

Yeah, after doing some more research and reading the links you posted, I'll go with the 4770.

 

I really appreciate the help my friend, thank you!






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