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Upgrade your CPU... in four simple steps | Hardware

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Don’t be scared of upgrading your CPU, it’s easy! We’ll show you how to switch out a lowly Intel i5 for an all-singing, all-dancing K-series i7 for the all processing... in just four simple steps. Downloads: MSI Afterburner https://www.msi.com/page/afterburner CPU-Z http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html Cinebench R15 https://www.maxon.net/en/products/cinebench/ HWMonitor https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html ► Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamesN ◄ Visit us at: https://www.pcgamesn.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCGamesNetwork Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCGamesN
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Squinqz's Life (3 days ago)
I have a question about the bios thing at around 3:00 Basically If i am upgrading from an AMD ATHLON X2 215 to a AMD Phenom II X4 840 which uses the same AM2/3 motherboard, do I need to do anything with drivers or can I just run my pc once i've physically installed the cpu?
Sky Lee Colcol (4 days ago)
Sorry I got lost, what do i have to do before replacing my CPU and GPU? E.g. downloading? Backing up?
Zhang Bao (8 days ago)
At 0:00, the left guy look like a vampire staring at me
Cus7ate9 (8 days ago)
The guy on the left looks a lot like Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
SassieYT (8 days ago)
Hey! can you help me out? I have a H110M-HDS M80-6A001500992 and Im about to update to an i5 7600k my BIOS is P1.20 but im not sure if I have to upgrade and or how
OmgItzAbid (12 days ago)
I bought a second hand CPU and found thermal paste on it. Do I simply clean with tissue or do I need some type of alcohol as well?
nukleoN (11 days ago)
Just use tissue
AlexBossRo (13 days ago)
i don't get the bios bit
Antonio Bautista (16 days ago)
When changing the cpu do i need to reinstall my windows? i would be trying to upgrade mine thats he last question i have in mind
McVoid (23 days ago)
All dancing k-series i7 with the stock cooler. And u talk about safety...
MaxboyZ XtremeZ (28 days ago)
i have intel pntium dual core LGA socket 1155,,, now try to change to new intel i5 LGA socket 1155 too,,, but im stuck before do anything.. im scare,, i need more tutorial.. is that need to update bios ????
MaxboyZ XtremeZ (28 days ago)
i also check my mobo, its say compitable for i5 that processor i want to install now.. but im worry about bios
PCGamesN (28 days ago)
Your best bet is to check the CPU compatibility of your motherboard and see whether your target i5 is compatible. But updating the BIOS is probably worth doing if you haven't for a while.
MaxboyZ XtremeZ (28 days ago)
sir.. ican i ask something..? now im form intel dual core try to upgrade to intel i5 now.. is that tranform need to update bios ??? please replay asap.. im looking for correct way before do anything now sir.. help me
0483 (1 month ago)
If I'm upgrading from i5 6600 to i7 6700 does that mean I just switch the CPU and not have to worry about anything else on the softare part of things
LDinos (1 month ago)
So I need your support on something! My current specs are: GPU: RX480 4GB CPU: Intel i5-2400 Motherboard:GA-P67X-UD3-B3 RAM: 6GB DDR3 Drives: 250GB SSD and 1TB HDD Reddit suggested me to get i7-2700. How much of a performance boost will I get? I am trying to play Battlefield V and my fps is unstable (probably only in the multiplayer part, the singleplayer is working smooth like butter) and thats why I am blaming my cpu (I also used to have 8 gigs of ram but one slot in the motherboard died)
Scythe (1 month ago)
I have a question about Ryzen CPUs. I currently have a Ryzen 3 1200, will i need to upgrade my BIOs when i get my Ryzen 5 1600 in the next few weeks?
Scythe (1 month ago)
i really appreciate the fast reply. Much respect :) You've gained another sub! Good video btw :)
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
If you're sticking with a first-gen Ryzen CPU then you should be fine to just drop the 1600 straight into your board and it will run fine. Depending on when you last updated your BIOS, however, it might be worth checking to see if there is a more recent one available as performance, especially on the memory side, has improved since the early Ryzen motherboard BIOS updates.
Saalexm Pro (1 month ago)
Mines i3
Andrew Cole (1 month ago)
3:10 I would say that, if you're REALLY concerned of power blinks, hook up a WORKING ups
Tylor K (1 month ago)
Get a new motherboard, Ram, oh and CPU.
cpu overlord (1 month ago)
i don't need anything to tell my cpu is a massive bottle neck like dam
Johnny B (1 month ago)
I have a question : If I replace the motherboard and and CPU,will I have to reinstall Windows and potentially backup my data?
Johnny B (1 month ago)
PCGamesN I have Windows 7 currently installed and the socket is 1155. I plan on changing to 1151 because I'm not sure how compatible will it be to switch MB and CPU to AMD
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Modern versions of Windows are pretty good at coping with a change of hardware. Your difficulty might come in re-activating Windows if you previously had an OEM installed version of your OS. Or if it was a free upgrade from Windows 7.
Zuo Wang (1 month ago)
You people are too quiet
MrGimmicks (1 month ago)
Thank you so much.
uxiha (1 month ago)
can i change my intel pentium g4600 to intel i5? i use gigabyte ga-h110m-h
Anthony Fourkiller (1 month ago)
I have a i5 6400 and I want to upgrade to a i7 6700k will I need to do anything to the bios?
Obama’s Uncle (1 month ago)
Kinda worried abt the bios part
WarDaddy nonce (2 months ago)
Not sure about the bios bit....
M3mer (2 months ago)
I have a pentium and want to upgrade to an i5 is this possible
M3mer (1 month ago)
thanks so much i just checked and its compatible thanks so much
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
M3mer it depends what socket and chipset the motherboard is that you have your Pentium installed in. If there's a compatible i5 then you'll be able to upgrade.
JaXa GAME (2 months ago)
What is the stain on his shirt?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
JaXa GAME Porg blood.
Lords of CoC (2 months ago)
I have biostar board Pentium (R) Dual-Core CPU E6700 3,2GHZ can I upgrade it?? If yes pls add CPU name
Mauro - Rocket League (2 months ago)
Do you need to upgrade your BIOS before or after you’ve swapped out your CPU?
Mauro - Rocket League (2 months ago)
Alright, thank you.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Mauro - Rocket League If you need a motherboard BIOS update to support your new CPU then you will need to flash it with your old processor before you install the new one.
Monthly Co-Op Meal Deal (2 months ago)
Do I need to update bios first if the cpu is already compatible?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
jxnocturnal If the motherboard already has a BIOS installed that is compatible then no, but if the CPU is compatible, but the board hadn't had the relevant BIOS installed which enables that support you will need to do that first. A good example is the 300-series AMD boards which are compatible with 2nd Gen Ryzen, but need the BIOS update installed otherwise they won't work.
john 311219 (2 months ago)
Installing amd cpu cooler is aids
Rahul Sagar (2 months ago)
john 311219 😂😂😂
OmgItzAbid (3 months ago)
This tutorial helped me so much due to its simplicity and easy to follow instructions.
pequh (3 months ago)
sry english isnt my 1st language :P can someone please help me. i have an i5 processor and i want to upgrade it to xeon cpu, and the place were i bought my motherboard says that my motherboard can only use i3, i5 and i7 not xeons. so if i download and install the latest bios version (somehow) can i then upgrade to xeon cpu. i am in tight budget... i have MSI h81m p33 mobo. just like to play bf1 and want try to stream it/record it to, also som other games to. my i5 cant just handle bf1 anymore. i have gtx 960 and 16gb of ram and happy with that, maybe later upgrade to gtx 1060 but not yet :p. orrrr.. should i just buy whole new pc. i am just curious about that xeon idea.
pequh (3 months ago)
ok. thanks :)
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
pequh Unfortunately the Xeon chips need different sockets for the CPUs to go into and aren't directly compatible with your motherboard. You would be able to upgrade to a Haswell Core i7 CPU (like a 4770) that would double the thread count you have today in your i5.
Gud (3 months ago)
i know all this.. why did i watch the whole video?
A Pepsi (2 months ago)
TraktorKiropraktor Why Not?
Rebecca Simpson (3 months ago)
This is such a great video, thank you! Love the way you talked and it was really easy to follow :)
RobM (3 months ago)
Simple steps? I'm lost.
CodeRedCody (3 months ago)
This is a really good walkthrough for people who are new to upgrading computer parts
John Tha Vapster (2 months ago)
yes it is to bad with phone all the way up I had to have it up to my ear just to hear what they were saying..
Pops (3 months ago)
Do you have to update your bios if you Mother board supports the cpu you are Changing Edit: if you change the cpu does the pc automatically change to that cpu you just installed in to the pc with out you doing anything
Aliglore (4 months ago)
What do I need to be careful about when I'm updating my BIOS????
Aliglore (13 days ago)
Do I update the BIOS with my old cpu and then switch it to the new cpu? What is the process looking forward to upgrade later on
Green Blossom (19 days ago)
If you lose power eg a power when it’s updating then your pc will be bricked
Kunai (25 days ago)
Dont turn off your pc when your BIOS is updating
MrMinty1231 (29 days ago)
Power loss to your PC
DontInhale (4 months ago)
whyy isss itt sooo complicateddd
A Pepsi (2 months ago)
Because you did not understand anything in this video.
Cringalicious (4 months ago)
its not its just dangerous, put your finger in the wrong place and your expensive brand new cpu is ruined
dumb gamer133 (4 months ago)
My friend likes to think Building a computer is like doing legos
A Pepsi (2 months ago)
dumb gamer133 That’s because it’s legos for adults.
name not important (5 months ago)
Wow this is a very Helpful video liked!!
CATCODER PHP (5 months ago)
what is the case pc model?
nafi mohammed (6 months ago)
I do not know why my vram has decreased to 256mb when i bought my pc my dedicated memory was 512mb but after i found it 256mb i would like to have an answer please my system information "8GB RAM DDR3" Graphics Chipset "AMD Radeon HD 8200 / R3 Series" CPU Type "AMD E1-6015 APU with Radeon(TM) HD Graphics" Windows Version "Windows 8.1 (64 bit)"
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
nafi mohammed Was sure the Beema APUs used shared memory across the system, so it would be using the 8GB of RAM as the VRAM. Didn't think the connected HD 8200 had its own dedicated memory, what's reporting your system's dedicated video memory?
solfizz (6 months ago)
If I do know that my motherboard is compatible with the cpu I want to ugrade to, will I still need to reset the bios? For reference, I am upgrading a 4690k OC'ed to a really sweet deal I found for a 4790k. Do I need to change the settings at all even? Thanks!
solfizz (6 months ago)
Thank you so much for that quick response! That makes a lot of sense and when it comes time I'll give that a shot. :)
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
solfizz for that in-generation upgrade you won't have to update your BIOS for it to work, but when you do install it is recommend putting the BIOS back to its default settings and working up from there. The different chip might not be able to deal with the same level of OC or it might do even better!
Rik Verschuren (6 months ago)
Replacing motherboard equals - Building a new pc
Ben (2 months ago)
Oh I see, thanks.
CodeRedCody (2 months ago)
Ben it was easier for me to just do a whole new build. Every part is new
Ben (2 months ago)
CodeRedCody, did you re-use any components or did you replace *everything* ?
CodeRedCody (2 months ago)
Rik Gaming! That’s what happened to me. My motherboard was to old and I ended up just building a whole new pc
Rik Verschuren (6 months ago)
PCGamesN thx for the reply
M O N K E Y (6 months ago)
yeah im running windows 10
M O N K E Y (6 months ago)
if i change my cpu ram and graphics card and keep my hard drive do i need to install drivers or any thing
M O N K E Y (6 months ago)
thanks 4 the help
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
M O N K E Y no worries, hope it all goes smoothly when you do upgrade!
M O N K E Y (6 months ago)
thanks very helpful
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
M O N K E Y depends on your version of Windows. Win10 is pretty good at grabbing the necessary drivers when you change the hardware over. If you're doing a big hardware swap though it might be worth, with Win10, switching to logging in with your MS account before you upgrade. Then it won't ask you to reactivate your license.
Falloutsp33dy1223 (7 months ago)
im looking to upgrade my i5 4440 to a i7 4790k and add some more ram from 16gb to 32gb you think ill be good to upgrade?
mx24ss (1 month ago)
You can give me that ram ;)
Kristian Bjelland (2 months ago)
there is literally no need to have 32gb of ram, 16gb is enough :)
a neuf (4 months ago)
the ram is more then enough. The processor might give you like 20+ to 50+ fps when you OC it.
Dani (4 months ago)
no
Unicorn Workhorse (7 months ago)
good guide but don't spill water on your shirt
PCGamesN (7 months ago)
Unicorn Workhorse ...better than on your PC. Definitely not done that. Nope. Never.
Marat Avetisyan (9 months ago)
Replacing Intel CPU with an AMD one? How is that ever possible?:)
Renysiu (21 days ago)
Maybe they changed the mb too, duh
whitee1992 (1 year ago)
dreading the cost of upgrading my system, i already have the best for my socket 1150. and its still ddr3 aswell. fml lol.
whitee1992 (1 year ago)
:-)
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
whitee1992 to be honest, if you're rocking a 4790 (or one of the Broadwell 5775C chips) then even though you've got nowhere to go in terms of upgrading, your platform will still be pretty strong in gaming terms for a good while yet. Save the money for GPU upgrades ;)
Street Guru (1 year ago)
First things first, you gotta go over Resolution Vs Refresh rate, where your CPU will determine the max fps you can get in the game for like 144hz or 240hz gaming. Like a Ryzen 3 1200 will do 4k 60hz gaming without much issue with a 1080ti. If you have a intel i5/i7 from the 2xxx K series or above, you're probably still set for playing most games at 60hz-144hz depending on the game and what you want to do. Linus just put out a video in regards to that. and if you have an i5, some games don't really scale past 4 CPU threads, so that needs to be looked into as well as paying to get just hyperthreading isn't going to help much there. As far as upgrading an older intel platform, can't say I'd recommend to do that with Ryzen around, Maybe if you already have a Z series motherboard, and are getting the i7 K part super cheap maybe. But otherwise considering that AM4 is supposed to be supported until 2020 I'd highly suggest instead of getting an older i7 you just bite the bullet and upgrade to AM4 with a cheap decent B350(starts at $70 or so) and an R5 chip, likely 1600 if not then an R3 1200, 1400 is in a weird spot, the CPU will cost the same(1600) and the upgrade package will cost the same if the i7 is near $300. The rest of the system can still be reused, except for the RAM of course which needs to be DDR4, likely dual channel as fast as you can get it for the least amount of money. Or just one of the "Ryzen Optimized" kits.
PCGamesN (7 months ago)
Aura yes, the AM4 socket is compatible right across the Ryzen range, so you will be able to upgrade to an 1800X.
Aura (8 months ago)
Street Guru I need some help I have a ryzen 3 1300x and a strix b350f motherboard can I upgrade it to a ryzen 7 1800x?
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
Street Guru thanks, this video is really just about the physical process of actually replacing your CPU (the steps for AMD and Intel are essentially the same) not really about whether you specifically need to. Regarding your point about not bothering to upgrade an old system, I have to disagree. Replacing the motherboard as well is a far more invasive procedure and not everyone wants to go that far. There's also the fact adding in a board and potentially new, and still rather pricey, memory is a lot of added expense too. And if you're sitting on an basic Pentium and your board will take an i5, for example, you'll still see a decent performance uplift from a relatively low-cost, simple upgrade.
TheColorfulPube (1 year ago)
If you have Intel you probably won't be able to just swap out cpus.
Falloutsp33dy1223 (7 months ago)
PCGamesN I’m looking to upgrade from i54440 to an i7 4970 you think I’ll have to update my motherboard and stuff what about my ram I have 16gb think I need more?
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
TheColorfulPube if you've gone for something like an i3 or an i5 you will be able to upgrade within that generation. Just check your motherboard's website for compatibility.
ChillFrame (1 year ago)
Wow!

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