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Windows 7: Upgrading my cpu

13 Apr 2010   #1
Akpsp

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Upgrading my cpu

Hi guys. I have a MSI K9A2 CF motherboard and was wondering if you guys can answer a few questions for me. Right now i have a quad core AMD Phenom II 9500 cpu, which is a AM2+ chip set. I wanna get the AMD Phenom II X4 965, but that is a AM3 chip set. I wanna know if i can put that onto my existing motherboard.



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13 Apr 2010   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

According to the CPU support list,

MSI Global ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

yes. Just need to have the 7388v18 bios.
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13 Apr 2010   #3
Akpsp

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
According to the CPU support list,

MSI Global ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

yes. Just need to have the 7388v18 bios.
Sorry for being a noob. But that bios version was from 2008, can i just update to the latest one for the cpu im getting?
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13 Apr 2010   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry, bot enough coffee when I typed that, should be v1B, not v18.
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13 Apr 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sure, you could update your BIOS now, and it wouldn't hurt.

Just be sure to update it sometime before you upgrade your CPU.
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13 Apr 2010   #6
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Akpsp View Post
Hi guys. I have a MSI K9A2 CF motherboard and was wondering if you guys can answer a few questions for me. Right now i have a quad core AMD Phenom II 9500 cpu, which is a AM2+ chip set. I wanna get the AMD Phenom II X4 965, but that is a AM3 chip set. I wanna know if i can put that onto my existing motherboard.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
According to the CPU support list,

MSI Global ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

yes. Just need to have the 7388v18 bios.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Sure, you could update your BIOS now, and it wouldn't hurt.

Just be sure to update it sometime before you upgrade your CPU.
Just to add to the already posted posts, even though the X4 965 is AM3, it is backward compatible with AM2+. Thus, you won't be seeing the stated performance associated with this processor if it were installed in an AM3 motherboard. But you should still get good performance from it.
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14 Apr 2010   #7
Akpsp

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Akpsp View Post
Hi guys. I have a MSI K9A2 CF motherboard and was wondering if you guys can answer a few questions for me. Right now i have a quad core AMD Phenom II 9500 cpu, which is a AM2+ chip set. I wanna get the AMD Phenom II X4 965, but that is a AM3 chip set. I wanna know if i can put that onto my existing motherboard.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
According to the CPU support list,

MSI Global ? Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

yes. Just need to have the 7388v18 bios.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Sure, you could update your BIOS now, and it wouldn't hurt.

Just be sure to update it sometime before you upgrade your CPU.
Just to add to the already posted posts, even though the X4 965 is AM3, it is backward compatible with AM2+. Thus, you won't be seeing the stated performance associated with this processor if it were installed in an AM3 motherboard. But you should still get good performance from it.
So should i just buy the Phenom II X4 940? It is a AM2+.
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14 Apr 2010   #8
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Akpsp View Post
So should i just buy the Phenom II X4 940? It is a AM2+.
You can't go wrong with that one either. And its probably cheaper anyway.
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14 Apr 2010   #9
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

A reason to go with the AM3: Upgrading PC

By buying an AM3 now, you could buy a AM3 motherboard later down the road and use the AM3 CPU you already have instead of needing to purchase another CPU.

AM2+CPU(1)>AM3CPU>AM3Mobo


But, if you get the AM2+, then if you plan on upgrading again, you will need to buy a new AM3 CPU when you get a new mobo that has AM3.

AM2+CPU(1)>AM2+CPU(2)>AM3CPU>AM3Mobo


Other than that, all other posters are probably right:
AM2+ will be cheaper (probably)
AM3 CPU wont ge the same performance in the AM2+ board as it would in an AM3 board.
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