Solved do i need to update bios before proc upgrade

November 18, 2011 at 23:49:50
Specs: Windows 7, core 2 quad 9650,8 gig ram
advice if needs bios update ,upgrading to c2Q

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November 18, 2011 at 23:57:42
Without details of a motherboard make/model there is no way to tell but you should check at the website of the motherboard maker for a CPU compatibility list and only consider a BIOS update if one is available from that website and it specifically says it will enable CPU compatibility with the processor you are considering installing.

In the absence of a specific BIOS update from the board maker that addresses that particular compatibility issue leave the BIOS alone.

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November 19, 2011 at 01:02:37
Richard 59,
Much thanks for a very timely and responsive initial advice.
my current mobo is ASUS P5P43 TD PRO which i intend to use in my upgrade,
i had this chance to upgrade and bought 1 new boxed procs intel Core 2 Quad 9650 3.0 ghz., and 2 x 4gig Crucial DDR3 PC1333 RAM Dual Channel.

Currently, aside from my above ASUS mobo,i use
intel core 2 duo e7500 procs using standard HSF from intel,
2 x 2 g Kingston DDR3 1333 DUAL RAM,
500 w/ Dual 12v Rail PSU,
1 TB Seagate 7200 rpm HDD
500 g Seagate 7200 rpm HDD
1g 256 bit NVDIA GE Force 8900 GT -green - GPU with HSF
Win 7 64 OS

most of my pc work is architectural rendering, graphics, video edit and hav no intention to OC for the time being .i'd like to test first my new C2Q 9650 's stability and performance before even considering OCing in the future.

Currently i multi- boot my system.
So my question is - DO I HAVE TO DO BIOS UPDATE first before mounting /upgrading the hardware using Asus EZ Flash 2 (BIOS-CMOS utility) or
Bios update after mounting upgrading harware also using Sus EZ Flash 2 in Bios Cmos set up utility.

I already check compatability of Core 2 Qua 9650 3.0 ghz. with Asus motherboard website and it is listed compatible. I also have downloaded couple of recent BIOS update file from ASUS update website ... BIOS update has nothing more particularly/specifically referring to compatability issues with C2Q 9650 apparently, except that the most recent one states " enhances system stability ".

My recenty purchased RAM from CRUCIAL was bought borne out of their (CRUCIAL website- RAM scann software) specs and advice .

i have a lil' reservation about issues in upgrade stability of systems bcause of some memory compatability , do you have similar knowledge about these which a "BIOS update" have addressed ? i prefer to "not fix when it aint' broken' ",

My system right now have a lil high temp on 2 cores varying 5-8 C deg. variance, and my gpu temp at idle average on the 55 C deg... well i only use standard HSF's with 6- 90mm ordinary case fans - positive cooling mid tower chasis.
So, i am quite apprehensive that with C2Q 9650 3.0 ghz procs, these temps may even be getting higher...without resorting purchase of after market coolers both for the least temporarily while on an observation phase of my upgrade.

What do you think about lapping of both cpu-hsf, gpu-hsf ? Do i need this ? I have a spare AS5 thermal paste reserved for my upgrade... would like to have a clear steering path on my planned upgrade.NEED ADVICE from experienced guys like you.

thanks again in advance anticipating an enlightening response.


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November 19, 2011 at 05:16:42
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Since the CPU is on the compatibility list I would hold off from any bios flashing unless a stability issue arises. I have only a very limited experience with modern (less than 4 yrs old) hardware and things have come a long way since I last built a system

The additional information you have provided is very comprehensive and shows you have a good understanding of your system. There are forum members who build systems professionally and one of them may be able to offer you a definitive answer to your question. I also operate on the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" principle.

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November 20, 2011 at 06:28:49
Richard 59,

Your first response to my orig post is understandably an established stance in handling all pc systems, and it gave me a sigh of relief... it may be regarded as conservative approach but i myself thread along this path for many a time and this proved to be very effective....frugal may be a more appropriate term... but most of the times i try to validate my apprehensions by asking ...from forums.

Thanks again Richard. I just have to rely on other advice and comments too as you also suggested to gain more perspective.

Rey Paul

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