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Hey guys, I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 14r with the I3-2410 processor. Would it be worth it to spend $250, and potentially void my warranty, for an I5 processor?

The major difference is the turbo boost on the CPU, that I believe would make a difference, and the GPU is clocked slightly higher as well.

im just not sure if its really worth it or not, I wouldnt be gaining any cores, or threads for that matter, just a faster clock speed, and gpu speed.
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Which i5 are you talking about?
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Which i5 are you talking about?
$250 My guess is its the 2500k

All i3s are dual core some have 2 extra virtual cores so you will be gaining 2 more real cores if you get an i5
    
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$250 My guess is its the 2500k

All i3s are dual core some have 2 extra virtual cores so you will be gaining 2 more real cores if you get an i5

He's talking about Mobile CPUs, not desktop. Notice what section you're in :3
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He's talking about Mobile CPUs, not desktop. Notice what section you're in :3
lol I'm not sure about i5 mobile processors.
    
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Not worth it at all, You may find an increase in speed but not that much enough to void your warranty, why dont you talk to Dell about it?
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I guess you meen i3 2310M and upgrade to i5 2410M ?!
Anyway it's not worth it ..

What is worth it is an upgrade to i7 2630QM or higher ..
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I would say no--for a couple reasons.

First reason is speculation that the dell motherboard might not support the i5. And (assuming you were considering the 2500k, it would be a waste since your bios are probably locked so you wouldn't be able to overclock it).

Second is it turbos to 2.9GHz. I'm not sure what graphics card you have (and I'm assuming you're concerned about graphics performance since you mentioned your GPU), but I hesitate to imagine that you're cpu-limited with an i3 at 2.1GHz. In games optimized for more cores you *might* see a minimal improvement in fps with an i5.

But for $250? Even if it worked, I would still say no.

edit--I missed a couple things and was wrong about the turbo--I got confused, so forget the fact that I was talking about the turbo on the i3, which it obviously doesn't have.

Also, with a laptop, I think you definitely won't get any graphics performance with a faster processor.
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post #9 of 30
The I5 2410 ( I believe) is a dual core same as I3. Unless the I3 is bottle necking performance the upgrade is pointless. I would expect graphics or ram to be of greater importance, if upgrades are possible.
Laptops should have 6-8 GB memory. An SSD for $250 would accomplish far more.
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
I would say no--for a couple reasons.

First reason is speculation that the dell motherboard might not support the i5. And (assuming you were considering the 2500k, it would be a waste since your bios are probably locked so you wouldn't be able to overclock it).

Second is it turbos to 2.9GHz. I'm not sure what graphics card you have (and I'm assuming you're concerned about graphics performance since you mentioned your GPU), but I hesitate to imagine that you're cpu-limited with an i3 at 2.9GHz. In games optimized for more cores you *might* see a minimal improvement in fps with an i5.

But for $250? Even if it worked, I would still say no.
Im discussing a mobile cpu, not a desktop cpu. The gpu is integrated, and is the HD3000.

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I guess you meen i3 2310M and upgrade to i5 2410M ?!
Anyway it's not worth it ..

What is worth it is an upgrade to i7 2630QM or higher ..
I would jump on an I7, however im not sure that one will work with my laptop. They did offer my laptop with the I5 2410, so I would assume it would work with no issue, I verified the socket is the same. But I cant know for sure without actually trying, or asking Dell.

My guess is that Dell, the normal tech support, would have no clue what im talking about. They are more "is it on", "is the cable plugged in" type support, not "can I swap out this for that and get a bigger e-peen?"

If I were to go with the I7, wouldnt I lose the integrated GPU?

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Originally Posted by ActionHobo View Post
Which i5 are you talking about?
the I5 2410m, or potentially this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819111025 if it works. The only wierd thing is that its calling the socket "G2", Ive only seen PGA and BGA sockets listed in the intel documentation.
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