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#1 Dayzed

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 10:03 AM

I'm wanting to upgrade my computer because a new build is not doable at the moment. I'm upgrading to windows 7, adding memory, and upgrading the CPU. My primary questions are around which CPU to get. I have an Asus M2N sli deluxe mobo with an AM2 slot and an AMD Athlon 5200 dual core, 2.6 ghz. My understanding from research as well as the Asus site is that I can use almost any slot am2+ or am3 with a bios upgrade. But I'm a little confused with the quad core, etc. Such as, would I be gaining much by purchasing a quad with the same clock speed as my 5200? Also, my understanding is that you update the bios for the new CPU first, make the swap, then reboot. Any recommendations with any of this would be greatly appreciate.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 10:38 AM

Your motherboard is capable of using AM3 CPU's but the BIOS that you have to update to is beta and has removed LAN option ROM, so their is some risk here. But you could go with this AM2+ cpu which is the second fastest in it's league and it's limited stock!

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 03:12 PM

Thanks killer. Do I still benefit enough from the upgrade considering the clock speed on my current CPU is roughly the same as the 985? Sorry, I'm a noob.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:10 AM

Yes, there will be benefit because of the extra 2 cores.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 03:11 PM

The benefit depends, if you run software that can utilize the extra cores, then yes. Otherwise, the difference in clock speed means that in single or dual core optimized software, there would probably not be much difference. Do use caution if you are going to get AM3 CPU's, there are often notes in the CPU support list which should be heeded. If there are any notes next to your chosen CPU, like "... removed" or "beta", be careful.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:25 PM

I generally stay away from BETA BIOS unless it is really needed.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 10:17 PM

I usually stay away from BIOS updates unless I absolutely need it, such as with CPU support or to fix a bug I'm experience. I've very, very rarely updated my BIOS, probably less than ten times over 20 years.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:53 PM

I've even updated my laptop BIOS before :thumbsup:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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