Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:05 AM
So, here is the story. I recently bought a phenom II 965 BE CPU. I installed it on my amd 780 L mobo. It turns out that my mobo (95w) is not compatible with a 125w CPU, which the phenom II is. So, I'm faced with the decision of whether to return the CPU and get one that is compatible or upgrade the mobo. I would like to upgrade the mobo, but I have some worries about doing so.
First, I really don't want to lose the data on my current machine. I don't have an external drive to back it up. Second, I really don't think my computer came with a windows 7 installation disk. I bought a budget ibuypower pc from newegg a couple years ago which I have been upgrading since. The side of my case has the windows 7 product key and I'm almost sure that no disk came with it. I know that people upgrade their mobo without having to reinstall windows 7, but I'm worried that if something goes wrong that I'm am screwed. This is my main machine that both myself and my wife use.
Would you recommend that I upgrade the mobo or just go with a lesser processor? If you recommend a mobo upgrade, can you please recommend some, I currently use an asus with the amd 780L and I've been happy with asus products. I'm willing to try something else, though. For example, the as rock 970 extreme3 looked nice for the price on newegg.
Thanks for your help!