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December 21, 2009 11:43:00 PM

I have just purchased an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. I upgraded from a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400. I have an:

Asus VISTA Premium motherboard
EVGA 8800 GTS
8 BG ram
I am running 7 / 64

I have upgraded the processor and believe my system may be running a little slower. Currently I am not over-clocking. Other then replacing the CPU is there anything else I need to do. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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December 22, 2009 1:26:11 AM

Maybe the best thing to elaborate is that "ASUS Vista Premium motherboard" that you have. Could you give the specific model of that?
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December 22, 2009 1:26:57 AM

you might need to update the MB bios.
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December 22, 2009 1:35:25 AM

You probably didn't update your BIOS before hand. If that's the case you're lucky it POSTs in the first place :D .
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December 22, 2009 2:17:43 AM

Oops, You are absolutely correct. The system was built by my son a year ago and he used the M2N32-SLI Premium VISTA Edition motherboard. It has an AM2 socket. He is currently running Microsoft's 7, the 64 bit version. Prior to that he was running VISTA x86. I checked the asus website and there are 13 BIOS updates. One of them actually addresses the slot issue to make it AM2+ compatible. There is also a new flash tool. I believe this should fix his problem and his system should run smoothly once again. I only hope that he sees some bang for the money he has invested in the new cpu.
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December 22, 2009 2:20:40 AM

I am sorry, I forgot to say thank you for all of the help and the quick replies. I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday.

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December 22, 2009 3:12:20 AM

MichaelP said:
Oops, You are absolutely correct. The system was built by my son a year ago and he used the M2N32-SLI Premium VISTA Edition motherboard. It has an AM2 socket. He is currently running Microsoft's 7, the 64 bit version. Prior to that he was running VISTA x86. I checked the asus website and there are 13 BIOS updates. One of them actually addresses the slot issue to make it AM2+ compatible. There is also a new flash tool. I believe this should fix his problem and his system should run smoothly once again. I only hope that he sees some bang for the money he has invested in the new cpu.


Well if this is the board that he has, he cannot install a 965 due to it is AM2 only.

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The latest Bios will only let him install AM2+ x2's/x3's and x4's. The 965 is AM3 :( 

http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLan...
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December 22, 2009 7:19:22 PM

Final Update, We updated the BIOS this afternoon and my son's computer is once again screaming. The BIOS update apparently fixed other issues sinc his update to Seven 64. I was also incorrect about the cpu it was a 3 ghz. that was compatible with his motherboard. Once again thanks for all the help.
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December 22, 2009 7:24:56 PM

Yea, I figured it was a 940 AM2+ ......

Anyways let us know if he encounters any other issues....
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December 29, 2009 1:42:46 AM

Thanks again for all of the help and Happy New Year to all.
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