Hi I build my own systems, but I never did a "CPU SWAP".
Is is worth it to re-use my GA-965P-DS3 rev 3.3, flash it to "unofficial CPU support BIOS" newer version (for Kentfields and Yorkfields), of should I get an ASUS P5Q pro (free shipping with entire order from NCIX)....
I would like to get a nice cheap Quad (with OC headroom) or a cheap C2D that could give me a lot more performance than my actual E6420@3.2Ghz. (is it worht it or I'll have to spent 400$ on a CPU/HSF combo to get a significant upgrade?)
I use my comp for gaming mostly, running a GTX260 Core 216 (see sig).
Also, I'm considering an AMD system with 720BE OCed (of course) as an alternate upgrade path...dunno what's better to do...
I'm afraid to get a nice mobo, but with old BIOS that doesn't yet support the CPU I could possibly buy. Of course I could go fail-safe and order exactly the same stuff others get...like a copy-cat.
If I go AMD, I'd like to get this mobo:
It supports the 720BE with the latest BIOS...WHAT happens if it ships with an oldie BIOS (and nobody around here got an old AMD for me to use to flash???
Am I forced to get a mobo that supports the CPU right out of the box then???
There's no way I'd spend the money on a new CPU and hope that a "unofficial" bios upgrade would work. I believe there's some electrical requirements that the 965 just doesn't have.
Take a look at this combo from NCIX.
NCIX.com - Buy AMD March Madness Phenom II X3 710 Triple Core Processor & MSI DKA790GX Motherboard - X3-710-790GX In Canada.
$260 for a 790gx board and 710BE seems like a good deal to me.
The 710 isn't a BE, it's locked, basically the cpu is worth $148ish so the mobo comes in at $112 if u break it down.
Yes the 710 is not a BE. I wonder if I would see an improvement. Of course, I could OC a bit, but the only multi-threaded apps I use are the games that support multithreading/multicores.
The 710 would be an improvement, but there are also bundle deals on 720s at NCIX
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