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CPU Upgrade Question

So right now I have a Phenom II x4 B50 @ 3.3Ghz.

I want to upgrade to a Phenom II x4 965 since they're so low in price right now.

Now for the newbie question. I've never upgraded my CPU before so I just want to play it on the safe side. If I put in the new CPU, will my computer boot up or will I have to reinstall windows? I don't exactly want to lose all of my data.
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    assuming your bios supports the upgrade it should be ok

    but you should ALWAYS have a backup of any important data
  2. assuming your bios supports the upgrade it should be ok

    but you should ALWAYS have a backup of any important data

    edit--sorry for double post having problems with the site again
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  4. Kind of a waste unless your b50 wont reach 3.8ghz; many do. The 965 is 3.4 ghz stock and the only difference between it and your b50 is 100mhz which is nothing. The 965 won't OC much higher than 3.8 and even if you hit 4.0 its still only a 200mhz difference that you wouldnt notice from a user point of view.
  5. popatim said:
    Kind of a waste unless your b50 wont reach 3.8ghz; many do. The 965 is 3.4 ghz stock and the only difference between it and your b50 is 100mhz which is nothing. The 965 won't OC much higher than 3.8 and even if you hit 4.0 its still only a 200mhz difference that you wouldnt notice from a user point of view.


    I literally can't get my B50 to overclock much higher. It starts getting very unstable. I'm guessing I got a bad egg. Besides, I was planning on building a computer for my dad so I was just going to give him my old CPU and give myself the new one. He doesn't think overclocking is "safe" so it won't matter to him.
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