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November 28, 2012 11:53:19 AM

I keep getting mixed answers so i hope you guys here can help me out on this. I am currently using this motherboard..

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...

and I want to upgrade to this CPU...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm just wondering if my motherboard can take it. I know it is AM3+, but people are saying it stil lcan't handle it where other people say its fine. Please help guys -_- and thank you
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November 28, 2012 12:03:53 PM

I would assume it will work since it is a AM3+ mobo. Usually all it requires is a BIOS update, however. The BIOS update seems to be pretty old. I don't know whether the Bulldozer BIOS update is applicable to the Piledriver models are too, I'd think so.

Have a look if there are newer Revision if there is one.
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November 28, 2012 2:00:06 PM

What is your current processor ?
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November 28, 2012 2:09:06 PM

Not allowed to edit my previous post so yeah.

*Just go with another motherboard which supports the FX-8320
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November 28, 2012 2:11:25 PM

Your board has dual plane power support and 125W support. Just make sure you have the latest BIOS installed and give it a shot. I think your chances are good.
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November 28, 2012 2:15:27 PM

I currently have this CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I pretty only game on my pc. I've noticed that games that are CPU intensive like Planetside 2 i am getting terrible framerates. Also checked to get Far Cry 3 and it said my current cpu just barely meets the min requirements. Also I have a 560TI graphics card. i plan on getting a 670gtx within the next couple weeks though
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November 28, 2012 2:22:01 PM

Ryuketsu said:
I currently have this CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I pretty only game on my pc. I've noticed that games that are CPU intensive like Planetside 2 i am getting terrible framerates. Also checked to get Far Cry 3 and it said my current cpu just barely meets the min requirements. Also I have a 560TI graphics card. i plan on getting a 670gtx within the next couple weeks though

Overclock that to high 3.x GHz and that makes a good gaming CPU. Get an aftermarket cooler if you do not have one. I saw a drastic increase in fps with my daughters 955BE at 3.6GHz matched with HD7850.
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November 28, 2012 2:25:13 PM

I've never really over clocked my cpu. I hear it's easy but.......Plus i do have the money for a new CPU so i fugre i might as well just upgrade
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November 28, 2012 2:39:25 PM

Ryuketsu said:
I've never really over clocked my cpu. I hear it's easy but.......Plus i do have the money for a new CPU so i fugre i might as well just upgrade


I'm glad that someone did ask your specs. Your current CPU is more than fine. Learn to OC, it took me about 5 minutes and believe me, it's worth it.

Theres nothing wrong with Phenom x4s, they're still pretty solid CPUs. I can tell you that your GPU is already bottlenecking your CPU.

I would upgrade the GPU and OC the 955 to around 3.8Ghz (with a 3rd party cooler ofcourse)

Trust me. Just wait for the Steamroller CPUs from AMD then you can upgrade. Not long now.
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November 28, 2012 2:43:22 PM

What is the best program to use for OC my cpu?
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November 28, 2012 2:48:09 PM

Ryuketsu said:
What is the best program to use for OC my cpu?


Your BIOS. Do you have a stock heatsink or an aftermarket one? Do you know what your CPU temps are now?
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November 28, 2012 2:56:04 PM

Also i have 520W power supply for now. That will be upgraded when i get the 670gtx however
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November 28, 2012 3:01:25 PM

Ryuketsu said:
I have after market the cooler master hyper 212. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU temps at idle are around 25


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Also i have 520W power supply for now. That will be upgraded when i get the 670gtx however


That is good enough for now. If your idle temps are below 58-59C I reckon you could probably get it to 3.6ghz fine.

First thing to do is go to BIOS and increase the CPU multiplier, only a tiny step at a time though. Do not touch anything else. Once you have bumped up the multiplier from let's say 16x(3.2Ghz) to 16.5x(3.3Ghz). Log back into Windows and run prime 95 to stress test it for a while. If temps still don't reach 61-62C Go back and repeat. Keep going up until either the temp is met, or you need to up the voltage a bit. (You will know if you need to up the voltage a bit when you log onto windows and the computer crashes, be warned though. Increasing the voltage also increases the heat generated by your CPU causing higher temps)
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November 28, 2012 3:06:52 PM

Ok thanks for the info! Great help
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November 28, 2012 3:14:29 PM

No Problem

Make sure you look into some tutorial videos too to just get a good idea before you try.

PS. You better pick me as best answer!!!

Just kidding
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November 28, 2012 4:50:33 PM

Yep really simple with 955BE, increase the multiplier in steps and monitor temps. With your cooler 3.6-3.8GHz should not be a problem.
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November 28, 2012 8:46:23 PM

Hell with a 212+ 4Ghz is all but guaranteed with a 965. I'm at 4.25 Ghz from 3.0 Ghz on my 960T and using the 212+ my temps are still lower than temps at stock clocks with the stock cooler.
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