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Did I have to update my BIOS before installing new CPU?

Hello there, the title of the topic is pretty much my main question.
I installed a new CPU and GPU 2 days ago. I asked on the forums before installing my new CPU wether I needed a BIOS update. I was told it was not needed. Average temps on CPU in BIOS are 58C when idle. While browsing the web it drops down to about 53C average. The CPU fan runs almost always at 5000+ RPM and when playing a very low graphics game like WoW the fan goes to 6000 RPM and stays there. I havent tested anything under heavy load as I dont have a game like BF 4 to test the CPU out and I dont have any clue on how those CPU testing programs work.

Current motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-P33
New CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760k
New GPU: MSI R7 260X 2gb DDR5

Old CPU/GPU: AMD FM2 A6-5400K Dual Core 3,6GHz - AMD Radeon HD 7540D
Current BIOS version: American Megatrends Inc. V10.2, 14-12-2012

So my question is: did I have to update my BIOS before installing my new CPU? if so, can this be the reason why my CPU is gettin these temps? On the MSI website, at the BIOS download section it says: * Please use Trinity CPU to update BIOS before changing to Richland CPU.

Here is a link to my motherboard: http://www.msi.com/support/mb/FM2A55MP33.html#support-cpu

I also decided to buy a better CPU cooler, because ive been told the stock AMD heatsink fans are not very good. I'm also a bit scared of updating my BIOS, mainly because ive never done it before.

Here are some pictures of HWMonitor, AMD Overdrive and Speedfan:
http://i.imgur.com/0MvRwh3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Wftszpz.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LqFZpVg.jpg

Here are my previous questions on the forums:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2220429/hd7750-choice.html
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2224110/replacing-cpu-graphics-card.html
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2224703/cpu-making-lot-noise.html

Sorry for the enormous amount of info, and thanks in advance :)
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    You don't need to update the BIOS.

    On AMD products, expect having higher temperatures, and since you're using the stock cooler, that temperature would be normal.
    You can get a better cooler if you want. But people generally get an aftermarket cooler when they want to overclock. So, if you're not going to overclock, then stay with the stock one.

    If you still want a cooler, get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  2. TechCIDLC said:
    You don't need to update the BIOS.

    On AMD products, expect having higher temperatures, and since you're using the stock cooler, that temperature would be normal.
    You can get a better cooler if you want. But people generally get an aftermarket cooler when they want to overclock. So, if you're not going to overclock, then stay with the stock one.

    If you still want a cooler, get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


    Alright, thanks. I will still buy a new cooler though. The stock one is making too much noise imo. I cant see how a fan running at 6000 RPM is normal/good either. I will monitor the temps with a new CPU cooler and hope it will improve, which im pretty sure it will.
  3. Andreww00 said:
    TechCIDLC said:
    You don't need to update the BIOS.

    On AMD products, expect having higher temperatures, and since you're using the stock cooler, that temperature would be normal.
    You can get a better cooler if you want. But people generally get an aftermarket cooler when they want to overclock. So, if you're not going to overclock, then stay with the stock one.

    If you still want a cooler, get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


    Alright, thanks. I will still buy a new cooler though. The stock one is making too much noise imo. I cant see how a fan running at 6000 RPM is normal/good either. I will monitor the temps with a new CPU cooler and hope it will improve, which im pretty sure it will.

    Yup. The cooler I recommend you gives good temperatures and is more silent than the stock one.
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