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Motherboards GA-Z68AP-D3 & CPU Advise

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Groovedude, 31 Dec 2012.

  1. Groovedude

    Groovedude Member

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    Hi There Bit-Tech team,

    it's been a long while since i've upgraded my cpu socket.
    I am still using my trusty Q6600, now the time has risen for me to upgrade, here is the motherboard i have got my hands on:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/giga...r3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-20-(x16)-atx

    What im curious about is there any issue with me using a i5 from either IvyBridge range or SandyBridge. is it just a case of following the recomended list.

    http://uk.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3897

    and matching the correct model code? I don't really remember going through such tasks in the pasts. :jawdrop:
     
  2. lancer778544

    lancer778544 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, pretty much. Be aware though that Z68 based boards such as yours may need a BIOS update before they will support Ivy Bridge CPUs so if you wish to go down that route, you may need to borrow a Sandy Bridge CPU to update the BIOS first.
     
  3. Groovedude

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    Ah thats good to know, so as I only have a q6600 would be worth just getting a sandy bridge, so I don't have any hassle.
     
  4. lancer778544

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    It would be the route I would take to be honest. Performance wise, I don't think much is in it really and you can easily pick up a used chip fairly cheaply.
     
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  5. Groovedude

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    Thanks for the advise. :)... i shall be on the hunt for a decent priced i5 SB. lol
     

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