Solved Help: M2A-VM and Phenom X3 8550 Tags: CPUs Motherboards Phenom Last response: July 13, 2012 2:44 AM in CPUs Share jerry2080 July 5, 2012 9:59:16 PM TO the Community. I am planning to buy Phenom X3 8550 CPU for my old M2A-VM Motherboard. However, I had a few questions. 1. I upgraded my BIOS successfully to 5001. This means I should be able to install AM2+ CPU on my AM2 socket correct? 2. Should I get a new CPU heat sink with the new CPU? Is it necessary? 3. Is there a difference between M2A-VM and M2A-VM HDMI motherboard? 4. Has anyone tried installing AM2+ CPU on AM2 socket mother with proper BIOS upgrade? 5. Is there anything I should watch out for in compatibility between CPU and the motherboard? 6. When actually replacing the CPU, do I need to apply the thermal paste on top of the CPU before putting on the heatsink? Some youtube guide seem to do so but others do not. Thank you very much. More about : m2a phenom 8550 Best solution phyco126 a b à CPUs July 6, 2012 2:48:40 AM 1. Yes 2. No, unless your heatsink wasn't designed for more than two cores 3. Only real difference is one has HDMI connection, the other doesn't. 4. Of course there have been, lol 5. No, the processor is listed as compatible with the latest BIOS, which you said was successful in flashing 6. A small pea-sized drop of thermal paste in the center of the top side of the CPU, or on the bottom side of the heat-sink. Doesn't matter. Share jerry2080 July 13, 2012 2:44:34 AM phyco126 said:1. Yes 2. No, unless your heatsink wasn't designed for more than two cores 3. Only real difference is one has HDMI connection, the other doesn't. 4. Of course there have been, lol 5. No, the processor is listed as compatible with the latest BIOS, which you said was successful in flashing 6. A small pea-sized drop of thermal paste in the center of the top side of the CPU, or on the bottom side of the heat-sink. Doesn't matter. Thank you very much for the help. Just finished installing everything. No problems so far. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer jerry2080 July 13, 2012 2:44:48 AM Best answer selected by jerry2080. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Will my Phenom x3 8550 pose any problems for a nVidia 260 GTX? Forum AMD Phenom x3 8550 vs Intel Core Q6600? Forum Phenom 8550 x3 or Intel Dual Core E3300 Forum SolvedHello sir, I have amd phenom 8450 triple core processor 2 GB Ram 500 GB HDD ASUS M2A-VM mother (AMD 690G chipset support) & op Forum SolvedUnlocking Athlon X3 425 to Phenom X4 B25 help Forum GTX 470 & AMD X3 8550 Forum SolvedAthlon II X3 460 vs. Phenom II X4 955 BE gaming help! Forum SolvedHelp with Phenom11 X3 740 Upgrade Forum SolvedCan you help with this build? Salvaging a phenom x3 Forum SolvedBuying Phenom II X3 720 BE, split mobo/RAM combo...buying today! HELP Forum Phenom X3 8450 MAX OC help required Forum A740GM-M overclocking with AMD Phenom X3 8450e need help Forum Help ! oclocking amd phenom x3 8400 Forum Phenom II X4 850 and ASUS M2A-VM Board Forum Overclocking Phenom 8400 x3 Help.. Forum Amd Athlon II x3 435 to Phenom II x4 B35 Help!! Forum AMD Phenom II x3 720 4th core PLEASE HELP!!!!!! Forum AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition OC help Forum Need help to Overclock my Phenom x3 8650 with MSI K9A2 CF-F mobo Forum Help deside, Phenom II X2 550 (OR) AMD Phenom II X3 720 Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !