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I want to upgrade my cpu, but don't know do i need to replace heatsink and fan?

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March 11, 2013 9:16:25 PM

I am very new to PC building and i want to replace my Asus computer AMD Athlon II x2 220 Processor to a "AMD Phenom II X4 970 Processor, Black Edition", but i don't know do i need to replace heatsink and fan.

I also want to ask if i am updating my GT 430 to sapphire AMD HD 7770 do i what power supply do i need? I was planning to buy a OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply.

Here is some of computer parts:
CPU:AMD Athlon II x2 220 Processor
Motherboard: CM1630
RAM DDR3 x2 2GB
Graphics: GT430
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March 11, 2013 9:53:21 PM

before buying the upgrade parts, take care in ensuring that your mobo will support the 970BE. you mobo's web page may say that phenom II x4 cpu's are supported but you must specifically check how much TDP and which CPU steppings are supported. For instance, a 125W TDP support mobo might support a 965 BE c3 stepping 125W cpu but not a 965 BE c2 stepping 140W cpu (yes there are several cpu's which have the same name and frequency but differ in TDP and revision/stepping).

Make sure you do not end up going through the hassle of returning the cpu and then locating one that your mobo can handle.

Upgrading to a 7770 will require you to buy a psu which has a 6-pin pcie power connector. A 500 W psu from Corsair or Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling will be good.
6pin PCIE: http://techreport.com/r.x/psus-0907/pcie-connectors.jpg
In case you can't buy a psu with a pcie 6 pin connector, you can buy a molex to pcie connector.
Molex to PCIE: http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/fengshan/______6pin___4pin....

Good luck
-satyam
March 11, 2013 10:54:56 PM

Thank you for your reply, but i cannot find my mobo's web page that is one of the thing that annoy me.
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March 11, 2013 11:47:01 PM

your pc is essentio cm 1630. Your chip set is 760G/SB 710 it seems. The CPU support list in not directly accessible. Through some other forums, it seems only 95W TDP cpu's are supported.
March 13, 2013 4:16:50 PM

it comes with one
August 28, 2013 1:31:37 PM

so should i buy a new power supply and buy some 6pin PCIE to upgrade my graphic card?
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August 28, 2013 2:10:44 PM

ryanryan3030 said:
so should i buy a new power supply and buy some 6pin PCIE to upgrade my graphic card?


If you buy a quality PSU, it will have PCI-E 6 pin connectors on it.
August 29, 2013 1:48:02 PM

so i just need to buy quality psu? Can you list some of them so i can buy it. i am not sure which brand is better?
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August 29, 2013 2:58:42 PM

A bronze rated or better Corsair or Seasonic in the 500-600 range would be fine.
March 19, 2014 3:26:57 PM

I have the corsair CX500 PSU and it has two PCI power plugs. also if you buy a new CPU they usually come with a new heatsink and fan
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