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Old 08-22-2009, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading CPU help needed

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

Thank you.

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Old 08-22-2009, 12:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Upgrading CPU help needed

Unless there is an updated BIOS, you will probably get a bad mix with those 2.

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Old 08-25-2009, 09:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yea you will see iftheres a bios upgrade then have a look at upgrading
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