so, getting to my question...
the MaxOrb supported processor list doesn't include the Phenom II, or any AM3 CPU.
Since i'm using the same motherboard the Athlon is on, can i use my old fan, or do i have to get a new one that says it supports an AM3 processor like the ARCTIC COOLING ACALP64 Pro ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ).
You should be fine; the MaxOrb is rated to cool Pentium Ds and Core 2 Extremes, which were 130 W cpus (at least the first versions). The product is deactivated so it will not show new supported cpus, but if it fits the socket, and its rated to dissipate the heat, you'll be fine.
i realized the wattage restriction the other day when i was looking @ the list of cpu's
something to always keep in mind.
I'm pretty sure i have the latest BIOS, Win7 was finickey w/o it and that seemed to solve some usb issues.