Thanks for the info.man. Here is what I have at the present except for the RAM which is 8 GB now.
AMD Athlon 7750 25 °C
Kuma 65nm Technology
2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (6-6-6-18)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M3A76-CM (AM2) 43 °C
1024MB GeForce 9500 GT (Undefined) 54 °C
488GB Hitachi Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 ATA Device (SATA) 35 °C
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A ATA Device
WD Virtual CD 1110 USB Device
High Definition Audio Device
and the new cpu is : AMD HDZ955FBK4DGM Phenom II X4 955 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 2MB L2 Cache, 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 125W, No Fan, OEM.
The bios version that is listed on Asus site is update bios file 2101 . I unzipped the file before coping it to the usb flash drive . I opened the file in the flash drive to make sure it copied and received windows couldn't open the file type do I want to search the internet for a program to open it.Is this because the file is for DOS ,or do I need to copy it as an ISO bootable file.
But if what you are telling me to flash before powering down for the new install do I need to find a program to open and run the file ,and if so is there any need for me to copy this file to the flash drive. The Asus web site for the MoBo says this board it has an ez flash bio utility. I'm newbie at this flashing stuff,i've changed graphic cards and installed memory . and I have read different steps at this just about all evening , probably to much. Just don't want to screw up .Can you verify and give me a walk through to follow.I know I can manage the actual removing and replacing the cpu part . and it does make sense to flash before shutting down for the replacement .
Thank you for the Help, I will wait for a response before proceeding as I need to pickup some thermal paste tomorrow and hopefully get it changed out tomorrow.