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June 17, 2014 10:04:06 PM

So, I just helped a friend build a computer on PC Parts Picker, and just noticed an issue,

"Some Intel Z87 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Haswell Refresh CPUs."

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/rensai/saved/dF66Mp
That's the build.
Whats going to be required to fix this certain issue, and is it going to be an issue?
June 17, 2014 10:08:07 PM

You should probably be using a 9-series chipset if you want Haswell Refresh chips (or any Haswell, really). They cost the same and have extra features.

Also, there's no point in getting a Z chipset with a locked CPU. Go for an H97 board, or get a 4690K.

Updating the BIOS would require that you have an existing non-refresh Haswell CPU lying around that you can drop in and use to reflash the BIOS.
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June 17, 2014 10:11:06 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
You should probably be using a 9-series chipset if you want Haswell Refresh chips (or any Haswell, really). They cost the same and have extra features.

Also, there's no point in getting a Z chipset with a locked CPU. Go for an H97 board, or get a 4690K.

Updating the BIOS would require that you have an existing non-refresh Haswell CPU lying around that you can drop in and use to reflash the BIOS.


I should mention that I'm no expert with computers, I can understand most parts and build decent computers on my own, I require advice though. What the heck is a 9-series chipset? And I'll look into the H97 boards.
My friends trying to stay within a $800 dollar budget, and so far this is just above it by a dollar.
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June 17, 2014 10:28:29 PM

MrMeowmers said:
Someone Somewhere said:
You should probably be using a 9-series chipset if you want Haswell Refresh chips (or any Haswell, really). They cost the same and have extra features.

Also, there's no point in getting a Z chipset with a locked CPU. Go for an H97 board, or get a 4690K.

Updating the BIOS would require that you have an existing non-refresh Haswell CPU lying around that you can drop in and use to reflash the BIOS.


I should mention that I'm no expert with computers, I can understand most parts and build decent computers on my own, I require advice though. What the heck is a 9-series chipset? And I'll look into the H97 boards.
My friends trying to stay within a $800 dollar budget, and so far this is just above it by a dollar.


9 series motherboards are z97, h97. These are specifically designed for the haswell refresh cpu's and work out of the box with them.

The previous generation z87, h87 etc might work with the new cpu's after a bios update.


Like Someone Somewhere said, on that budget and since you are buying a non "k" cpu.
Go for the appropriate h97 motherboard.

This is under budget and better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V3 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $768.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 01:55 EDT-0400
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