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June 18, 2013 2:34:14 AM

Hi there. I have two questions right now
Q1. I was wondering if I can use my old heatsink and fan from my Athlon 64 x2 4200+. I wont be doing any overclocking to the CPU, but if in the end did decide to overclock I know to buy a new cooler.
Q2. I need to update my motherboards (M2N MX SE Plus) BIOS from 302 to 602, how do I go about doing that.

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June 18, 2013 2:51:26 AM

If you're using the same motherboard, yes, you can use the same heatsink/fan. Not that I would do that, but if you're in a bind you would just have to monitor the temperature in the bios very carefully. As far as updating the bios, it's a simple process. http://www.wikihow.com/Update-Your-Computer%27s-BIOS You can update the bios from the bios, too, but I like to do it the software way.
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June 18, 2013 3:10:51 AM

JobCreator said:
If you're using the same motherboard, yes, you can use the same heatsink/fan. Not that I would do that, but if you're in a bind you would just have to monitor the temperature in the bios very carefully. As far as updating the bios, it's a simple process. http://www.wikihow.com/Update-Your-Computer%27s-BIOS You can update the bios from the bios, too, but I like to do it the software way.


Its just that the CPU I would like to get is an AMD Phenom II x4 965 and the stock heatsink for it has a copper running through it and looks alot better whereas my one is just standard aluminium (which could cause overheating). And I will be gaming alot with this CPU so im not sure I could constantly monitor the temps all at the same time. Thanks JobCreator

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June 18, 2013 3:25:34 AM

Darrell Burns said:
JobCreator said:
If you're using the same motherboard, yes, you can use the same heatsink/fan. Not that I would do that, but if you're in a bind you would just have to monitor the temperature in the bios very carefully. As far as updating the bios, it's a simple process. http://www.wikihow.com/Update-Your-Computer%27s-BIOS You can update the bios from the bios, too, but I like to do it the software way.


Its just that the CPU I would like to get is an AMD Phenom II x4 965 and the stock heatsink for it has a copper running through it and looks alot better whereas my one is just standard aluminium (which could cause overheating). And I will be gaming alot with this CPU so im not sure I could constantly monitor the temps all at the same time. Thanks JobCreator



I believe those CPUs will unlock to 6 cores. I'm not sure, but test it and see. There's no reason to use an old cooler from an old processor if you're buying a new processor and a cooler comes with it. Use the one they provide.
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June 18, 2013 3:26:58 AM

P.S. CPUID's Hardware Monitor is a great program that will give you a min/max/avg temperature of your CPU. So, while gaming, alt tab and check that out to see if you're going over, say 60c.
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