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Will I need a processor to do a bios update?

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February 3, 2013 3:18:51 PM

Hello, I'm building my first pc with an amd fx-8350 and a gigabyte 970a-d3. I know i need a bios update to run the cpu but I want to know if i can even to the bios update? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

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February 3, 2013 3:30:58 PM

Hi :) 

You do the Bios update with the OLD cpu in...

All the best Brett :) 
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February 3, 2013 3:31:57 PM

Yeah but i dont have an old cpu, unless an old athlon will work
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February 3, 2013 3:50:07 PM

You can't run the BIOS update program without a CPU that is supported by the current BIOS version. It does create issues at times going with new CPU and older MB.



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February 3, 2013 3:54:49 PM

The best thing to do is to return the mobo for one that can support the FX-8350 out of the box.

The other option is to buy a CPU that is compatible with the mobo. Install it, update the BIOS, then sell it on ebay. You will take a loss on the CPU since it will be a used CPU.
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February 3, 2013 4:00:32 PM

I suppose you could buy a used Sempron 140 on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Sempron-140-2-7-GHz-SDX140H...

presumably it would still be worth $20-25 when done with it.

You are going to pay shipping on a processor or you can pay return shipping on the board. It's not a "special" board that would be worth the hassle, IMO. I'd just exchange the board if you can.

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February 3, 2013 4:01:49 PM

BruinsRock9117 said:
Yeah but i dont have an old cpu, unless an old athlon will work


Which Athlon? If it is AM3 it will probably work.
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