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July 23, 2013 3:15:48 AM

Hello! :D  I think this is the right place to ask this question :p  But I currently have a AMD FX-6100 3.3 Ghz and I'm thinking of switching to the FX-8350 4 Ghz. And since my current CPU is a bulldozer I have to switch BIOS. And my questions are: 1. Where can I download the new ones? My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P. 2. Wich CPU do I have installed in the computer when installing the new BOIS? Thanks :) 

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July 23, 2013 3:20:44 AM

go here

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support.a...

check what BIOS you have and see what BIOS supports the processor you have in now vs the processor you want to install.

if you need to update the BIOS, use the old processor. when done you shut down, remove and replace processor and then boot as usual. If you did things right, no problems.

there may also be a BIOS update tool so you can update from the windows desktop. search the site in the link.
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July 23, 2013 3:28:23 AM

swifty_morgan said:
go here

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support.a...

check what BIOS you have and see what BIOS supports the processor you have in now vs the processor you want to install.

if you need to update the BIOS, use the old processor. when done you shut down, remove and replace processor and then boot as usual. If you did things right, no problems.

there may also be a BIOS update tool so you can update from the windows desktop. search the site in the link.


Ok, thanks :) 
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July 23, 2013 3:45:10 AM

swifty_morgan said:
go here

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support.a...

check what BIOS you have and see what BIOS supports the processor you have in now vs the processor you want to install.

if you need to update the BIOS, use the old processor. when done you shut down, remove and replace processor and then boot as usual. If you did things right, no problems.

there may also be a BIOS update tool so you can update from the windows desktop. search the site in the link.


Just one more thing. It seems that my motherboard only shows up if I don't choose a processor higher than the 8300 :p  Does that mean that my Motherboard doesn't support the 8350? :/ 
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July 23, 2013 5:36:41 AM

does seem odd doesn't it? I see the 8300 is a 95watt processor, whereas the the 8350 is 125watt. That board may not support the 8350. But I see it does support other 125"s. It's your call if you want to try. nothing is written in stone. But I would check the cpu support list and buy what's on that if you can't afford to make a mistake. I would stick with the processor you have unless you have a specific need for those other 2 cores. Don't be swayed by more cores is better. Faster cores are better all the time though, but you might not even notice it. Let us know how it goes.
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July 23, 2013 6:39:21 AM

swifty_morgan said:
does seem odd doesn't it? I see the 8300 is a 95watt processor, whereas the the 8350 is 125watt. That board may not support the 8350. But I see it does support other 125"s. It's your call if you want to try. nothing is written in stone. But I would check the cpu support list and buy what's on that if you can't afford to make a mistake. I would stick with the processor you have unless you have a specific need for those other 2 cores. Don't be swayed by more cores is better. Faster cores are better all the time though, but you might not even notice it. Let us know how it goes.


Ok, no I'm pretty tight on money :p  But I feel like the 6100 will be completely outdated in a year so I think that upgrading would be a good idea. But maybe not :p  Thanks any ways though :) 
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