I'm wondering if it is possible or pratical to upgrade the Core i5 processor processor in my Inspiron 17R 7720 to a Core i7? The processor in my computer is a Core i5 3210M@ 2.5GHz; I am seeing multiple Core i7 3630QM SR0UX processors on Ebay for $100 or so. I am not worried about the mechanics of changing the processor, I am confident in my ability to swap one out. I just want to make sure the new processor will fit and work with my existing motherboard. If I do this will the BIOS automatically detect the new processor or are there some software hoops to jump through as well?
RE: Upgrade Core i5 to Core i7 in Inspiron 17R 7720?
While the CPU will work, you won't see $100 worth of performance boost from the CPU -- if the system is running a conventional hard drive, the $100 spent on a solid state drive to replace it will be far more bang for the buck.