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Windows 7: Selecting the right CPU

21 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 ultimatex86
Selecting the right CPU

hi, i was thinking about upgrading my cpu, but im not sure wich one is best.
i was aiming for the phenom ii x4 965 125w or the 955
i read that if i upgrade my bios it supports both cpu, i also read the the 965 125 is not as good as it 140w counterpart what is the best choice?

also, if i buy an amd hd6950 will my psu support it?

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21 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Well according to your mobo spec's you should be ok with either. Your PSU should be fine.
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM2+ - GA-MA790X-DS4 (rev. 1.x)#
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21 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Here is the main webpage for your motherboard: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM2+ - GA-MA790X-DS4 (rev. 1.x)

Processors supported by this board: GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Socket AM2+ - AMD 790X - GA-MA790X-DS4 (rev. 1.x)

What is your BIOS revision, as this determines which processors will and will not work in your system?
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21 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

If your GA-MA790X-DS4 has the AM3 socket you can use the PhenomII X4 965 or 955. It didn't look like there is a BIOS revision for the socket AM2+. The Phenom will fit the AM2+ socket, but the AM3 CPUs have a different memory controller and may not work properly.
I have the 125W 965 and have had 0 problems, except when I dropped it and bent the pins.

Some reviews for your board report the NB gets very hot, so I'd go with 125W so you don't make it even hotter.
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21 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 ultimatex86

thank you so much, then i guess ill go for the 965 125w
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22 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

just get a new a8 and mother board i got mine to day it replaces a 955 it rocks i love it whole system with win 7 for under $600 awsome before you say anything mother board f1a75 v pro 4 gig 1600 ddr3 win 7 home 3 licence
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