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10-01-2022 09:57 PM
I am planning on upgrading my CPU and my options are on i5 3470 or 3570 or i7 3770 since those are what is limited to what I can upgrade on.
I dont have alot of money.
I was wondering if I could just use a stock coooler from my CPU and would just work fine.
I mainly use my computer for school stuff and would it be worth it to just be satisfied with i5 since it is what I can afford atm?
HP Compaq Pro 6300 SFF
10-09-2022 02:57 PM - edited 10-09-2022 03:13 PM
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The short answer is: YES, that is not a problem. All these processors, including the i7-3770K incidentally -which is also compatible, have the same 77 watt TDP.
[EDIT:] The TDP of an i3-2120 is 65 watt, and your stock CPU cooling fan is perfectly capable to deal with relatively slightly hotter running 77 watt TDP's.
Here is my HP Compaq Pro 6300 SFF Upgrade project in case you want to go all-out (off the HP Reservation): Solved: Upgrading HP Compaq Pro 6300 SFF - HP Support Community - 8184303.
Hope this was helpful.
10-09-2022 03:01 PM
And lest I forget, the Xeon E3-12xx v2 processor series are also compatible with your desktop, such as the best one, the Xeon E3-1290 v2 in one of my Upgrade configurations:
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