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CPU upgrade with K9A Platinum Mobo (Help)

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April 28, 2010 6:40:01 PM

Hello all,

I currently have a K9A platinum mobo from MSI and I've had it for a while now. It's currently too costly to switch to a new mobo/CPU and buy the new DDR3 RAM so I'm looking into possibly upgrading my CPU.

Doing some googling, I found out that my motherboard is a Socket AM2 type, and that the AMD Phenom is supported with this motherboard. My question to you guys is, what is the highest-end processor available for this motherboard, that I could just install without buying other new parts?

I have a GTX280 card, with 4 gigs of DDR2 RAM and I think my AMD Athlon XP 5600+ is slowing me down. I also recently tried out Windows 7 Ultimate but I really don't like it. I think it's slowing down my games and I'm not really that interested in all the new "features" of it. I'm thinking 64-bit XP right now, as 7 is simply too slow and cumbersome. I really don't know what I'm going to do once XP becomes truly obselete but Vista was a disaster and 7 is only slightly better. Anyhow I'm trying to make this powerful for games, so keep that in mind, and let me know what you guys would recommend in terms of a new CPU.

Thanks much!
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April 29, 2010 6:28:10 AM

The cpu compatibility list on the MSI website does not list any phenom chips. However there was a bios update in feb of this year. The first since 2007. If that bios adds phenom support, then yesl. But are sure? If not, contact MSI and find out.



Anonymous
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April 29, 2010 6:29:50 AM

Thank you.
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April 29, 2010 6:33:34 AM

worst case scenario, you can get an inexpensive AM2+ board and reuse your ram. There are AM2+ boards that support the new X6 for as little as $60
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April 29, 2010 6:13:43 PM

There is a Bios update that just says "Update CPU ID." which implies support for new models, but who knows. Best to contact support and ask them. Yeah, you're a bit overdue for a CPU upgrade :D . Have you tried overclocking your current CPU :o 
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