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December 3, 2011 6:46:02 AM


Unsure about a processor + any other insight is welcome

I purchased a computer awhile back when my old PC just couldn't cut it.
Money was a factor... i wanted something decent ... and cheap that could play games (wow SC2 etc.) with out lag / decent fps
So i got this computer off new egg a few months ago... with plans to upgrade it

My computer -->

so the time to upgrade is here...

Ram upgrade
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
-Found this with new egg memory finder

Video card upgrade
SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-cheap decent upgrade

Main reason for post
Processor upgrade
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX

My motherboard: M4N68T-M v2

so i check the CPU support list (above)
i see this on the list
Phenom IIX4 970 (HDZ970FBK4DGM),3.5GHz,125W,rev.C3,SocketAM3,Quad-Core

Same specs... but the
model numbers don't match

Edit#2- ( this website has both numbers... but its not the Asus site...)

i went to cross check others from the list and they did not show up on newegg

My question is will this processor work or do i need to keep looking...
any other info you feel will be helpful would be greatly appreciated

thanks for your time

Edit- Do the heatsinks come with thermal paste or do i need to buy it
Edit#3- New egg power supply calculator says il be @ 461w( with upgrades) i have 500w power supply... good? or should i look into a new power supply as well

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December 3, 2011 9:22:05 AM

You might be ok on the ps. Depends on who makes it for cyberpower. If you don't want to overclock, try your old board first; no point in getting a premium board if you don't use it's features. All new heatsinks that I've bought have come with thermal paste or a pad (retail box cpus). Keep some $$ handy in case you need to replace the ps for an antec, corsair, seasonic, or ocz ps. I use ocz, and it's ok for moderate use.

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December 3, 2011 9:36:42 AM

the processor is compatible . however instead of upgrading the processor you could overclock the CPU with a 212 plus and then get a 6950. what's your budget
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December 3, 2011 10:12:54 AM

i did some more research after i posted found some info i was looking for Opn tray / opn pib codes

@ o1die thanks for the info about the thermal paste
i am going to upgrade my ps
i checked
going to be very close + im not done /w upgrades going to do more as needed so might as well get my ps up to speed now

@ 9_Breaker "the processor is compatible" well i did some more searching and it looks to be compatible... seeing your post has brought me some peace of mind
December 3, 2011 10:48:36 AM

its the same socket and it think HDZ970FBGMBOX stands for open box or something
December 3, 2011 11:43:36 AM

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