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Can I Update the bios of a mobo for 2nd gen CPU when My CPU is 3rd gen

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July 25, 2012 11:28:39 PM

Hi.. So I'm trying to build a new gaming computer, I'm not really hardcore gamer but I want something where I can play decent games. I got almost all the pieces except for the motherboard... you might be wondering what's the big deal.. ?

I Bought a CPU Intel i7 3770 which is 3rd generation Ivy bridge.. 22 mm
The problems with all the mobos I can afford is that they need to get their BIOS updated so I can use this CPU, I don't have a 2nd gen CPU to do that.. Is there a way to update the bios without having a 2nd gen CPU? or even just using the 3rd gen CPU? Maybe not even having a CPU at all and update only using a flash drive?

This are the mobos Im considering:

ASUS P8P67M REV3.0
GIGABYTE Z77-D3H
Gigabyte Z68a-d3h-b3


I really appreciate your help, if you suggest any other cheap mobo I could use would be also welcomed, Thanks in advance!
July 25, 2012 11:47:26 PM

Yeah, im 99% sure that all Z77 boards support ivy bridge out of the box.
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July 26, 2012 12:57:20 AM

the Z77 gigabyte comes with BIOS F11 , it needs BIOS F13 to support the i7 3770, That's why I wonder if there's a way to update it w/o needing a CPU I don't have
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