Benefits of upgrading CPU


We often get asked ‘What are the benefits of upgrading CPU?’. Well, there are many. Let’s dive in..

So you want to upgrade your CPU.

CPUs are the most important part of any computer when it comes to its performance aspect.

CPUs can be upgraded very often, especially when they’re still relatively new (1-2 years old). Your current CPU probably isn’t in need of an upgrade unless you feel like buying one or if it’s dead in which case you will have to buy one.

When it comes to upgrading your computer, the CPU is one of the most important pieces.

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the part of the computer and houses all the other important bits and pieces. It’s not really necessary to upgrade it when you upgrade your CPU, but if you’re doing a total rebuild anyway then it might be worth considering. CPUs do come with their own specific motherboards, but they can also work with many different types so it’s important to do your research. Overall, upgrading your CPU can have vast improvements for your computing experience especially if your old one is slow or outdated. It can make your machine run faster, smoother and cooler with less lag time. This is especially important if you use your computer for gaming or other graphics-intensive activities.


When considering a CPU upgrade, be sure to check your current system requirements against the ones for the CPU you’re interested in. You don’t want to buy something that won’t work with the rest of your setup. Also, keep in mind that some CPUs are more expensive than others for what they offer. If you’re not sure whether an upgrade is worth it, ask one of our technicians. They can help you figure out what kind of CPU would be best for your needs and give you a good idea of what the upgrade would cost. In most cases, upgrading a CPU will also require upgrading the cooler.

When upgrading your CPU, it is important to find one that matches both your motherboard socket design and chipset.

If you’re using an older computer and you’re not satisfied with its performance, upgrading the CPU may be a good option for you.

This only works if the new CPU is compatible with your motherboard and your current CPU is still supported by the manufacturer.



There are several kinds of CPU sockets based on the form factor they use to connect to motherboards, including but not limited to:

• Socket AM3+ is designed for AMD FX-Series CPUs that can be used with Motherboard Chipsets like 990FX.

• LGA 1150 is designed for Intel 4th Generation Core i7, i5, and i3 CPUs which can be paired with Motherboard chipsets like Z97 or Z87.

• LGA 2011-v3 also known as “Socket R” is used by Intel’s Xeon E5 v4 series processors E5 v4 chipsets.

Read how Intel 3rd and 4th Generation share the same socket

Socket AM3+, LGA 1150, and LGA 2011-v3 sockets all use pins in different patterns to connect the CPU to the motherboard. You cannot put an AMD CPU into an Intel socket or vice versa. Motherboard chipset also play a role in what CPUs are compatible. For example, the Z97 chipset is designed to work with LGA 1150 sockets while the 990FX chipset is designed for Socket AM3+ motherboards.

For example, Intel’s LGA 1150 is a popular socket design that supports its Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs.

Benefits of upgrading CPU

  • Increased processing power, which can lead to faster application and system start-ups, as well as smoother gameplay.
  • Better graphics performance, making games look more realistic and allowing you to play at higher resolutions or with more detailed settings.
  • Improved energy efficiency, resulting in longer battery life for laptops and lower power consumption for all devices.
  • Enhanced compatibility with the latest software and hardware. For example, many new CPUs include support for features like 4K resolution and DirectX 12.
  • Better application performance when multitasking or when many applications are open at once.
  • Overall better performance when playing games on the PC.
  • Improved energy efficiency in all devices using one of these processors versus previous ones.
  • Enhanced compatibility with newer software and hardware such as DirectX 12 support which allows for more advanced rendering techniques in graphics-intensive applications like video games.

Why we recommend upgrading CPUs?

  1. More Power – A faster CPU can mean that you can run more applications at once or that you can run more demanding applications without experiencing a slowdown.
  2. Enhanced Graphics – Many CPUs today include integrated graphics processors that can offer improved graphics performance over older CPUs.
  3. Longer Lifespan – A faster CPU will generate more heat than a slower one. Upgrading your CPU can help to keep your system running cooler and extend the life of your hardware.
  4. Better Performance – Perhaps the most obvious benefit of upgrading your CPU is improved performance in all areas of your computing experience.

When shopping for a new CPU, it’s important to consider your needs and budget. If you only need a modest boost in performance, then a less expensive model may be right for you. However, if you are looking for maximum power and performance, then you may want to invest in a high-end CPU.

Whatever your needs, there is a CPU that is perfect for you. By upgrading your CPU, you can enjoy a faster, smoother, and more productive computing experience.

Get in touch with one of our technicians for an upgrade here.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...