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What Processor can I upgrade to?

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  1. usatransporter

    usatransporter Thread Starter

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    I have an older Lenovo computer with a G31T-LM2 motherboard and an E5200 processor. I see that Intel made quad core processors up to the Q9400 running at 2.66 GHz and a front side bus of 1333 MHz.

    All that being said, what is my board actually capable of supporting?
     
  2. black-wolf

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    Not able to find much info on your mobo, probably ECS built for Lenovo. But any LGA 775 CPU should work. But I don't think you will see much difference if you do change it out.
     
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    I had a similar question I'm running a i3 550 on an intel h57 express i was wondering would it be able the to handle the music programs i use like cubase and reason 5 and would an upgrade to a i5 be possible and which would be a better choice
     
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    willzero82 you need to start your own thread. But i3 550 is socket 1156 and the newer i5's are socket 1155. So you would need a new mobo.
     
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    Thanks black-wolf. My concern is related to any limits (or not future-proofing) in the BIOS that Lenovo may have put in there. I'm not quite sure how the BIOS and Chipset info in programmed, but my thinking is that they made the motherboard in say 2008 and the last cpu's were made in 2009. Would the last chips then be supported by that BIOS? There is not much informaion available, and speaking directly to Lenovo support was pretty uninformative too.
    Am I wrong in my thinking with the BIOS being a limitation, or is it simply if the chip fits, use it?
     
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    You are not wrong. Lenovo could have put limitations on it.
     
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    This may not be exactly the same model that your motherboard is from but at the bottom of page 3 of http://shop.lenovo.com/ISS_Static/merchandising/US/PDFs/M58_datasheet_FA_3_oct_23.pdf
    Its has the comment * M58p can only support Q9XXX & E8XXX series processors.
    ** Note: SMC model, available in Q1, 2009 in AG and Q2, 2009 worldwide.

    So I suppose you would need to know what model your motherboard was originally made for
     
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