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Question about CPU/Motherboard Compatibility

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July 22, 2012 8:40:46 PM

Hello, everyone!

I am a first-time builder, trying to build a budget gaming computer. (Which, by the way, has been a remarkably educating experience.)

Due to overall budget, I've selected the following CPU/Motherboard combo:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's where I've run into a wall: Will the Motherboard's built-it BIOS support this CPU? The box says it's FX-unlocked, but Gigabyte's website says that I'll need to update the BIOS to run a FX-based CPU.

HELP!!! (Thank you! Suggestions for comparable parts are also welcome!)
July 29, 2012 5:59:13 AM

I'd even recommend the amd phenom x4 965 black edition CPU. It's cheaper and performs at the same level as the FX...sometimes faster. You also won't have to worry about the bios compatibility...not that would have to anyways with those boards I recommended...especially the last one.
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