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Need a recommendation for new motherboard with specific CPU socket

Hello, I recently bought a i5 6600k to replace my i5 3470 (some of you tech savvy guys already cracked a smile after reading that). In my defense, I'm very stupid have just been winging it for the last two years with great success and so thought that CPU must work like GPU's, one size fits all. (wouldn't be surprised if I was wrong about that as well.) Long story short, the new CPU doesn't fit the socket, 1155LGA.

Instead of sending back the CPU, I think it would probably be better just to swap out the motherboard. Unless there is a CPU that is just as good as the i5 6600k that fits my current one and costs around the same. If not, I need a recommendation on what motherboard I should get that wont give me problems during installation and is compatible with what I have. My current board is a Gigabyte Z77-DS3H.
If I am missing something obvious or have done something very stupid, feel free to yell at me. If you need to know more specs, Ill post them up, no problem.

Specs:
- Intel Core i5 3470
- Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
- DDR3 16GB Ram Duel
- Nvidia GTX 970
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  1. Best answer
    Upgrading your motherboard is going to require buying a new windows license.


    Why did you want to upgrade your cpu? My best recommendation is to send that 6600k back, and get an i5 3570k or i7 3770k instead.
  2. CTurbo said:
    Upgrading your motherboard is going to require buying a new windows license.


    Why did you want to upgrade your cpu? My best recommendation is to send that 6600k back, and get an i5 3570k or i7 3770k instead.


    I have not witnessed this property of Windows. I have reinstalled Windows on many different motherboards and have not been required to buy a new license for each motherboard. If this is something new with Windows 10 (which the OP did not mention being his OS) I could believe it. That seems like something Windows 10 would require.

    Concerning the CPU upgrade, I say keep with the 6600k, find yourself a good motherboard capable of using it. I really enjoy ASRock motherboards, great value, great performance. You may need to upgrade to DDR4 RAM depending on the chipset you choose for your new motherboard, RAM is fairly cheap currently however.

    I really enjoy my i5 3570k @ 4.4Ghz, it is a great CPU that has never given me issues, but I am currently in the market for an upgrade (i7 this time I think, and current generation is a 100% must in my opinion to avoid backpeddling).
  3. I'd look at probably a Z170-A or Pro gaming, chances are good you can use your current Win copy, guessing Win 7 or 8, it's an enthusiast mobo so doubtful you have an OEM Win that is locked to the mobo
  4. Eh I just hate to assume Windows will work with a new motherboard. It may work, it may not.
  5. CTurbo said:
    Eh I just hate to assume Windows will work with a new motherboard. It may work, it may not.


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    True, but Win7 and 8 have been transferring and reactivating well for a few years now, the OEM licenses on prebuilts is still somewhat of another story. OPs mobo is and enthusiast board, bnot the type you expect to find in a prebuilt - so chances are it's 7 or 8 and non manufacturer OEM
  6. Thanks for the tips guys. I have decided to send it back for a full refund and just look into getting a CPU that fits like the i5 3570k some time in the future. The funny thing was that I bought some nice 8gb RAM sticks along with the CPU to replace the old 4gb ones I had and actually noticed a big difference in performance on some specific games. Every kept telling me that RAM doesn't do much but it actually fixed alot of issues I was noticing. Games like Deus EX are not using up 100% CPU usage like it was before and it's not stuttering on high graphics.
    Let me know if this is something expected, as well as if me reinstalling my old CPU with new heat gel might have caused this improvement as well.
    By the way, I have Windows 10 upgraded from 7.
  7. Well the i5 6600k would not be noticeably faster than an i5 3570k would unless you overclocked the 6600ka good bit.
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