Hello, new to the forums here.
I would like to know if its posible to upgrade the CPU on my Gateway DX4200-UB001A.
PC specs: Gateway Support - Specifications
Motherboard specs: ????????????????
As you can see the current CPU is a Phenom 9550 2.2Ghz X4. The motherboard supports AM2+ up to 95W.
I was thinking of upgrading to a AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz X4 AM3 95W: Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
I would like to know if I will have problems doing this upgrade taking into account that its an OEM PC with locked BIOS and its a move from AM2 to AM3 (though Ive read that AM3 CPUs are backwards compatible with AM2 motherboards).
Would I have to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows?
Upgrade already done to this PC:
HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO
OCZ 600W Stealth Xtreme Power Supply