Upgrade CPU for Lenovo IdeaCenter K450

  1. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Upgrade CPU for Lenovo IdeaCenter K450


    I have a 6 year old Lenovo IdeaCenter K450.
    CPU 4th gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

    Motherboard s115X CIB85M 90001962 DDR3 4-Slot Micro-ATX Socket LGA1150 for IdeaCentre K450 Desktop

    Can the CPU be upgraded? Is it worth doing so?

    I've never done this before which is why I'm asking here.
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  2. Dude's Avatar
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    You could upgrade to a K processor if the BIOS will allow it but that would be a small gain. I would look to getting more modern hardware if you want more performance
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  3. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    I'd agree with Dude. That CPU was near the top of the food chain in its day. The 4790 would be a step up, but a small step.
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Sort of what I figured but was hoping. It's been a really good system though it's been acting weird the last few weeks, plus I lost the Realtek WiFi two weeks ago. It doesn't show anywhere in Windows 10. I just did a Clean Install and it still doesn't show so I'm pretty sure it's a hardware failure. There is no way to disable the WiFI in BIOS/UEFI settings.

    I just ordered a Bluetooth/WiFi USB dongle to give me WiFi and also replace another USB Bluetooth dongle I've been using. At don't have any more free ports (2.0 or 3.0) so I also bought a powered 4 port USB 3.1 hub.

    I've seen refurbed motherboards for $70 or $80 but I'm not real keen on buying a refurbed board, even with a 60 day warranty.
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  5. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    I think that generation used DDR 3 RAM, so you'd have to upgrade RAM, CPU, and motherboard to get a good upgrade beyond a 4770. That would probably cost $350 on up.

    Something like 120 for an H series board; 180 for an i5-10400, and the rest for RAM.
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  6. Ghot's Avatar
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    Ztruker said:
    Sort of what I figured but was hoping. It's been a really good system though it's been acting weird the last few weeks, plus I lost the Realtek WiFi two weeks ago. It doesn't show anywhere in Windows 10. I just did a Clean Install and it still doesn't show so I'm pretty sure it's a hardware failure. There is no way to disable the WiFI in BIOS/UEFI settings.

    I just ordered a Bluetooth/WiFi USB dongle to give me WiFi and also replace another USB Bluetooth dongle I've been using. At don't have any more free ports (2.0 or 3.0) so I also bought a powered 4 port USB 3.1 hub.

    I've seen refurbed motherboards for $70 or $80 but I'm not real keen on buying a refurbed board, even with a 60 day warranty.


    Here ya go. I switched you to an ATX case as well. You can reuse your drives and vid card, or I can add those to build.

    AMD build... System Builder - Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core, H510 ATX Mid Tower - PCPartPicker

    Intel build... System Builder - Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core, H510 ATX Mid Tower - PCPartPicker
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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Not a bad price, especially the 4.2 / 4.8 ghz i5. Thank you.
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  8. Ghot's Avatar
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    Ztruker said:
    Not a bad price, especially the 4.2 / 4.8 ghz i5. Thank you.


    The Intel 10600K is better in gaming, the AMD 3700X is better in everything else.

    Intel Core i5-10600K vs. AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 7 3700X - TechSpot
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  9. RoasterMen's Avatar
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    You wouldn't really gain anything to upgrading to the K variant, it's just the overclockable version.

    You can always go for a used B85 or H87 motherboard if you want to keep your system.
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  10. Ztruker's Avatar
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    I decided to stay with what I have, replace the dead Realtek Wireless with a Realtek acn WiFi/Bluetooth and replace the somewhat flaky Nvidia GTX 750 with a 850M (750 chipset, 4GB memory, DVI, HDMI, VGA) still 6 year old tech, and add 4 powered USB 3.1 ports.

    I'll build a new rig in a year or two (my first believe it or not so looking forward to it) but with a new WiFi and GPU I think the old girl will carry me on for a bit yet.

    Thanks for the suggestions butI thin all new is the way to go.
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