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This is a discussion on Upgrading Intel i3 to i7 within the Motherboards, Bios & CPU forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. I recently found a nice Lenovo Type 7824, 49U (Aug. 2011) that has the original Intel i3 CPU installed. I'd


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Old 12-01-2018, 08:44 AM   #1
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I recently found a nice Lenovo Type 7824, 49U (Aug. 2011) that has the original Intel i3 CPU installed. I'd like to replace it with an Intel i7, 2nd Generation, 2600, 3.4 Ghz CPU.

Of the three 7824 models made, this is the i7 that would have been installed in their TOTL model.

Can this be accomplished without significant difficulties?

If so, would in run Win 10? It came with Win 7.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:59 AM   #2
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Last ? first. If everything else checks out, of course it will run i7.
Now about everything else. Does your MOBO support the socket_type? Even if so, if the i3 is soldered, you still shouldn't attempt the "upgrade".
Does your CPU supply enough power?
Unless you're a devout gamer, IMO it's not worth the effort. Better idea might be an SSD.
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I just found it and haven't really looked to see if the i3 CPU is soldered. If not, I'd like to bring it up to top original Lenovo specs. I already have a loaded Win 7, 500 GB HD to install. Can I assume all three models used the same motherboard? Would there be differences in the power supply watts?
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Check the lenovo site for the exact model it should have info on whether or not it will support I7 on that motherboard.
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I agree with Joe. CPU compatibility depends on the BIOS version, chipset, CPU core name, maximum Thermal Design Power, package type, socket type and stepping.
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