tl;dr version: My Cpu has 2.6 ghz but in bios I see 1.8 ghz next to my CPU.
I'll try and explain this as quickly as possible.
Recently bought this CPU, intel e3400.
Put it in with this Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... My mobo manual has two product names in it so I assume the manual works for both products but I don't know which one I have. It lists the one in the above link and this one GA-G31M-ES2C, just the last letter is off.
I put in a new psu, gpu, and 4 gb of memory in 2 sticks.
When I start up the bios I see that it says 1.8 ghz next to my processor name and I'd expect to see 2.6 ghz. I currently have a 32 bit version of windows and am going to upgrade to 64 bit to utilize all of my 4 gb of ram. What should I do about this 1.8 ghz listing problem?
Your speed step is enabled. That's normal for CPU's to power down when on idle. If it feels the stress it would power up to 2.6GHz.
Ok thanks while im here what about this?
Says @ the top I should have 3.xx at system startup but I also see 3.25 gb in the control panel -> system window and I have 4 gb. This is due to what the bios manual says or the fact that I have 32 bit version of os.