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I was wondering, as the title says, will a 2nd gen intel motherboard work with 3rd gen intel i-5 processor? The sockets are the same but I wasnt sure. I have not upgraded or built a machine in a while and im a little out of the loop.


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What motherboard and what CPU? There's no way to know without the specifics. – David Schwartz Sep 22 '12 at 20:55

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By default, it doesn't work. You must do a BIOS update. And there's the catch... Google IF the producer of that motherboard offer a BIOS update. Some do, some don't.

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Sorry about that. Here are some links for mobo and cpu:… ... ill do some research from Radoo comments. Thanks everyone! Sorry I fail at using this site. – Korey Sep 22 '12 at 20:59
I think im just going to go with 2nd gen processor. From what Radoo said, it sounds like I would have to have a 2nd gen to boot up in order to get to the bios, then firmware update, and swap processors. Am I wrong? – Korey Sep 22 '12 at 21:11
It seems like your MB has a BIOS update for 3rd generation of Intel Core processors. You're right. You need a Sandy Bridge (2nd generation) first to upgrade the BIOS, then swap with the newer Sandy Bridge CPU. If you plan using the GPU on the micro-processor, I'd recommend getting the Ivy Bridge; there's quite a difference between Intel HD 3000 and Intel HD 4000. You could borrow a Sandy Bridge from a friend... – Radoo Sep 23 '12 at 8:32
Thank you, Radoo. I tried to vote for your comment but it keeps telling me I have to log in. I registered and tried again but its not happening. – Korey Sep 23 '12 at 17:44

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