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Zach

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#1 10 years ago

I would normally consider myself halfway competent when it comes to computers.. but then again, when it comes to hardware specifics...I'm a total noob.

I am looking to build a new computer, buying all the parts from newegg. I have a question about that, as you can tell.

I am planning on getting this mobo/CPU combo: Newegg.com - BIOSTAR A770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

From what I read I will need to upgrade the motherboards BIOS in order to fully use the processor. But what my question is...will I be able to use that processor to initiate the BIOS upgrade?

If so, it's going to suck, because this will be my official switch to a PCI-E, non slot 478 motherboard/system, and I wouldn't look forward to getting yet another processor just to use another one.

Meh. If I have to, I can get Newegg.com - AMD Sempron LE-1150 Sparta 2.0GHz 256KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Single-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors . At least it should work.

/confused. /utternoob.




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#2 10 years ago
Zach;4364045...will I be able to use that processor to initiate the BIOS upgrade?

This is by no means a noobish question. I have had fellow IT guys ask me similar ones. But to answer your question, yes. In most cases the computer will seemingly function as normal to the average user while the existing BIOS will report at post a "unrecognized CPU" or maybe a "Genuine AMD processor" leaving out the model number (since it does not recognize it). Once you flash the BIOS, it should report the correct CPU designation and retain full functionality specific to the CPU in question.




Zach

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#3 10 years ago

Thank you very much for your response! I'm really happy to know that.

Now...what is your opinion on the CPU/Motherboard I've picked out for my new rig?




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#4 10 years ago

I am partial to Intel motheboard chipsets myself. That said, the board you have picked has less than optimal ergonomics (the DIMM slots are waaaay to close to the CPU socket) but otherwise appears to be a very decent budget board. As far as the CPU goes, your pick is an excellent one in my opinion; depending upon it's intended use. If you are going to using this rig primarily for gaming, you don't necessarily need a quad core. You could get a faster, more powerful Core2 Duo (such as the E8400) for cheaper. But of course you would need to find a different board.




Zach

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#5 10 years ago

This computer is intended to be a HUGE upgrade from my current system, as well as my switch to PCI-E from AGP.

Oh, and the CPU is in a combo deal with that motherboard.

Current stats off the top of my head: Intel Pentium 2.4Ghz 2.5 Gb DDR PC3200 Radeon X1650 Graphics card Intel D865GLC Motherboard

This computer is intended to be good for gaming. I intend to have 8Gb of DDR2 800 RAM as well as using Vista Ultimate 64. Graphics card: Newegg.com - ASUS EAH3870X2/G/3DHTI/1G Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards PSU: Newegg.com - ZALMAN ZM850-HP Continuous 850W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 Modular Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply - Power Supplies Case: Newegg.com - LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P60 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

A little overboard? Maybe. Will I love it. Definitely. (As long as I did it all correctly)




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#6 10 years ago

That is definitely a huge step up from your current system. Normally I would say go with a different board, as the rest of the components you picked are high end. But in this case that is an excellent deal! That combo discount nearly gives you the motherboard for free! Have fun with it!




Zach

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#7 10 years ago

There are other boards available with the combo deal. I think this link should give you all the combos available with that CPU.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Oh. Thanks again. I REALLY appreciate your input.




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#8 10 years ago

I would wait on the graphics card. The next series from ATI and Nvidia is due out very soon, and you will probably get a better deal then, either with a next-gen card, or with the price drops the current cards should get.

I have this board in my PC: Newegg.com - ASUS M3A AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

I've had no problems with it, it has pretty good overclocking options, supports AM2+ and the faster HT bus, and has been completely stable.