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#1 sjvirchow

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 08:04 AM

Can I upgrade my current AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0Ghz dual core, to an AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz even though they are different voltages (Athlon is 65w, Phemon is 125w) and without reinstalling Windows 7?

Edit: Moved topic from Win 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:33 AM

Hi



Please can you provide more details.


You can start by telling us your motherboard model,SMPS/PSU watts


You can use speccy to post your requirements so that people can help you,

Here are the instructions

Edited by midou1994, 17 June 2011 - 09:37 AM.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:14 AM

Here they are: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/NNtpp7Ido3EcH61ALaMRYxV

My power supply is an Antec 550W model.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:30 AM

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3141#sp

looks like supports phenom processors

But I suggest you wait for experts regarding info about the phenom processors upgrade(choice)


More importantly if it may require some more juice


their is no need for Windows Installation.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:51 AM

My motherboard is specifically revision 1.3.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3396#sp
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 01:01 PM

You shouldn't have any problem installing that cpu, your motherboard does support it, and your power supply should be enough unless its overtaxed with a lot of peripherals like power hungry video cards and extra hard drives. The only thing is you may need to update your bios, check what bios version you have (usually will tell you on the post screen, I think speccy will tell you as well) and compare that to the bios version in the cpu support list on gigabytes website, (in the cpu list it will list the cpu, find the 965 on the list, and on the same line go all the way to the right thete should be the letter "f" followed by a number.) and update as necessary.

Edited by the_patriot11, 17 June 2011 - 01:08 PM.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 01:10 PM

Looks like you need bios version "f8" to run that cpu

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 01:49 PM

According to Speccy, I have BIOS version "F11." I updated it once before, and the most recent update didn't really add much. Great! I've thought of taking my computer to quad core, just to future proof it, and run some of my games a little better.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 02:34 PM

Looks like your good to go then, should in theory, just plug and play. If you were looking at a six core, youd need to update to f12, but since your not you dont need to. The 965 is a nice CPU, Ive used it a couple times in customer builds, solid performer.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 03:02 PM

Great! It's on sale for $120 on Newegg. I'll go buy it right now!
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