View Full Version : CPU Upgrade Question

01-24-2013, 07:47 PM
Two articles on zdnet.com:

http://www.zdnet.com/intel-to-leave-desktop-motherboard-business-by-2016-7000010269/?s_cid=e589 states Intel will stop manufacturing motherboards by 2016, which still leaves Asus, Tyan, etc, and

http://www.zdnet.com/intel-preparing-to-put-an-end-to-user-replaceable-cpus-7000008024/ states that Intel plans to replace the current Land Grid Array (LGA) cpu package, which can be swapped in and out of a socket on a motherboard, with a Ball Grid Array (BGA) cpu package, which would be soldered to the motherboard, similar to a laptop or tablet.

I can understand upgrading ram, video cards, and storage media, but how often (if ever) does anyone start with a "low-end" cpu and at some point switch to a "high-end" cpu in the same family? Or just replace a bad cpu? Seems like it's going to get harder and more expensive.

01-24-2013, 07:55 PM
In my experience building computers as a hobby for the past 2 decades, almost never. In all of my builds, by the time I have the money or the need to upgrade a computer, something new has come out which drives the prices of the older stuff up and makes it more cost effective to just buy whatever the new thing is.

For example, I currently have an old Intel Core 2 Quad 6600. My motherboard could go with something higher up in the same generation of processors but since those processors have been out of production for so long, finding one is a pain and if I do, they're more expensive than just going for a newer motherboard & processor. It was more cost effective to buy a new motherboard and processor (that is faster than what I could have purchased for my existing board) which is why I just bought an AMD FX8350 instead.

Ryan Roye
01-24-2013, 08:12 PM
In my experience building computers as a hobby for the past 2 decades, almost never.

Same here. The last time I upgraded a CPU was back in the x486 days... it just isn't feasible unless you stumble upon some spare parts that happen to be compatible with your mobo (highly unlikely). Leave the upgrading for components like hard drives, ram, etc.

01-24-2013, 08:14 PM
Facebook wants disaggregated servers, said Frank Frankovsky, the chairman of the Open Compute Foundation and vice president of hardware design and supply chain at the social networking giant. Such servers should accommodate upgraded CPUs when they arrive every year or so without needing to swap out memory, networking and I/O chips that might only change once every five years or so.