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Okay so I'm upgrading to an i7 4930K & MSI X79-GD45 Plus. Do I need to update my Motherboard bios to be able to use the i7 4930K? If so how do I go on about doing that?

Is it possible to update the bios without the CPU? I'm basically afraid of placing everything together and end up with a bad CPU because the motherboard is not compatible/updated to the i7 4930K yet.

What's the worst that can happen if the motherboards bios is not compatible yet?

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Richaye - 2/15/14 at 11:12pm
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Yeah, you'll need a BIOS update it seems, I heard that you need to grab a sandy bridge 2011 CPU to put it in the motherboard and get it to post and then you can do the BIOS update.
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What's the worst that can happen if the motherboards bios is not compatible yet?

So basically you'll need to do this:

  1. Get a Sandy-Bridge LGA 2011 CPU
  2. Place it in the motherboard and set up the computer as usual
  3. Download the bios update file from MSI's website (Latest or BIOS that supports that CPU)
  4. Do the BIOS update ( It's recommended to update from the BIOS's own flasher itself)
  5. When BIOS update is done, load defaults in bios then save
  6. Power off computer
  7. Unplug power supply / switch off as well
  8. Take sandy-bridge lga 2011 cpu out
  9. Put the Ivy-Bridge LGA 2011 cpu in
  10. There, you're done


Not sure if your motherboard supports USB flashback.
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how am I supposed to get my hands on a sandy-bridge lga 2011 just so I can post and update..

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post #4 of 7
If you buy it new, it's likely to have a new BIOS by now. Otherwise, read a bit about M-Flash. If M-Flash really lets to run a BIOS of a flash drive it might work.
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Yeah, I purchased it new from newegg.
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post #6 of 7
Worst that can happen is that it doesn't boot if it doesn't recognize the cpu due to an older bios.

Do a quick test outside the case with minimal components, board on the cardboard box with a gpu & psu connected, memory in the slots & cpu installed with a cooler on it & see if it gets into the bios, if you make it to the bios screen it should be good to go.
    
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post #7 of 7
S did your CPU/mobo combo post out the box? Or did you need to update bios?
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