houdel
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Upgrade Core i5 to Core i7 in Inspiron 17R 7720?

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?

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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.

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