So im very new to working on computers. Ive replaced my video card and memory. Im looking to replace my cpu b/c I believe that it is holding me back. I have a 500w psu 6850videocard and 8g ram. My mother board is a M4A78LT-M LE http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A78LTM_LE/.
I know that my old cpu Athlon II X2 255(3.1GHz) is 65w can my system take the new 95 watt cpu
Do i need a new heatsink fan/paste can you suggest one. Ive watched some youtube videos on how to install a cpu which are sometimes conflicting but i feel somewhat confident in installing one.
Lastly I also read that I need to change bios, How do I do that?
Thank you for any help. With this information the next computer I have, will hopefully be homebuilt.
Gamer Ultra 2054
AMD Athlon II X2 255(3.1GHz)
Processor Main Features
64 bit Dual Core Processor
Cache Per Processor
2 x 1MB L2 Cache
4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333
500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive 1
24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB PCI Express Graphics
Sound card - Integrated
Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard
Xtreme Gear USB Mouse
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
CyberpowerPC CX-8B59 Gaming Case
Athlon II X2
L2 Cache Per CPU
2 x 1MB
CPU Socket Type
CPU Main Features
64 bit Dual Core Processor
ATI Radeon HD 5450
PCI Express 2.0 x16
CPU AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
Support 45nm CPU
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ 2.0 Technology (by CPU type)
Support CPU up to 95W
*Refer to www.asus.com for the AMD CP
Copied that from the motherboard specifications website. Also if your looking to get a new video card... a 650 watt Modular PSU might be a good idea. Though your 500 watt is still OK. But to answer your question yes the 955 will go in that mobo. But.... Might i suggest a Better Phenom. I tried the 955 in that Motherboard and it worked perfect. I still have the same motherboard in the box. But i currently have the Phenom II 980. If you want a little more performance without paying more. a 965 or 975 will be fine.
Thank you. In reference to my other questions, will I need a new fan/heatsink if I get the phenom 6core or the 980. As far as changing the bios how detailed is that process. Thank you for your time and any help.
I will put in whatever works best under 150. The guy up top suggested phenom 6core or the 980. The 2 you suggested seems to be on amazon but not newegg. If you think one of those are better for my comp then ill get the faster one. My computer has 500wpsu and a 5850 video card. Will that be enough psu to add a 125 chip in. Fan/heatsink enough. My case is a mid. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6883229194
There isn't much performance difference between the 980 & 960T.
With the 960T, you'd save some money, won't have to flash your BIOS & since its a 95W chip, you won't have to worry about having any support issues.
I'd say save your money for your GPU upgrades