Need help with ASUS bios

I'm in the process of buying new parts to build a PC. I've decided on the Asus P5N-E SLI

I'm also getting a Q6600 CPU with 2gb Consair 800 memory

I read some product reviews and it appears some people have been having problems with the motherboard not recognizing the newer CPUs and therefore needing the bios flashed.

Problem 1, how would I update the bios if my new CPU doesnt work with it UNTIL i flash the bios? My old cpu is an AMD

Problem 2, I don't understand the instructions on how to actually flash it, here's the asus page http://support.asus.com/technicaldocuments/technicaldocuments.aspx?root=198&SLanguage=en-us

The updated bios files are .bin yet o nthat page it says they need to be .ROM? Do I rename it? An would I rename it to p5nesli.rom?

I just want to be safe an find all this out BEFORE i take my pc apart and build a new one. Thanks
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  1. A link to the supported CPU's:
    http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=P5N-E%20SLI
    The Q6600 B3 is supported since BIOS 0117
    The Q6600 G0 is supported since BIOS 0608 (fairly new BIOS)
    Where are you going to buy the motherboard and CPU from? Perhaps the supplier can confirm that the board will work with the CPU.
  2. Im buying all my stuff from ebuyer. The CPU will be the G0 version
  3. You can put in another (cheap) processor and flash the Bios or you can order a Bios chip from Asus. Be sure to get the Bios version they will be giving you.

    http://helpdesk.asus.com/BIOSORDER/store/aci_dynamicIndex.asp
  4. Asus might give you the new Bios chip for free if you explain your circumstances.
  5. Try installing the new processor in the motherboard. It may show up as unrecognized processor and you still should be able to flash the Bios.
    Works in most cases.
  6. If the mobo doesn't recognize you cpu it will fail to boot. Had this problem with my crosshair and 6000+. They sent me a new bios chip, but they charge you shipping and will charge you if you don't send back the old chip. As far as customer service goes they should send you the chip for fre, especially when you drop 250bucks on a new mobo which you can't even boot.
  7. evongugg said:
    You can put in another (cheap) processor and flash the Bios or you can order a Bios chip from Asus. Be sure to get the Bios version they will be giving you.

    http://helpdesk.asus.com/BIOSORDER/store/aci_dynamicIndex.asp

    The link as given in your answer post requires a username and password, and so is useless.
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