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I'll be ordering the following to build a budget system for my parents in the next few days:
But before I place the order, there are a few things I need to know:
  • Chozart mentioned that the motherboard supports the E2140, as of Bios version F2. But what if I get a board running an earlier version? Will the CPU even run? I have no problem flashing BIOS to fully support it, but if the update is necessary to run it at all, then I have a problem. This is my first build so I don't have any other CPUs lying around slot in while I update the BIOS.
  • I assume the CPU will come with a patch of TIM on either CPU or cooler, but is this re-usable? I was considering buying some Arctic Silver 5 in case I screwed up seating it and for use on my build later this year.
  • All of the components (bar the OS) are retail so should have all the cables and screws needed, but seeing as I have no spare cables or screws, is there anything that I might be missing? I assume most of you have the remnants of previous builds to cannibalize if you run out of cables, but I have not, so do you recommend picking up anything extra?

Thanks in advance!
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Retail intel CPUs come with the heatsink that has a TIM already on it, it just melts onto the cpu sort of.

You should have all the cables you need, don't know what else you would need.

No idea about the mobo question.
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you can download the bios updates from gigabyte using your current computer and then save them onto a USB or floppy drive. The bios should be able to read from the drives to perform the updates. I know the floppy will work and the mobo should because it is new. I havn't had the chance to check out these newfangled motherboard options.

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you can download the bios updates from gigabyte using your current computer and then save them onto a USB or floppy drive. The bios should be able to read from the drives to perform the updates. I know the floppy will work and the mobo should because it is new.
Yeah, I can salvage the floppy drive from the old PC, but will the computer even POST if the CPU isn't supported before the update?
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Yeah, I can salvage the floppy drive from the old PC, but will the computer even POST if the CPU isn't supported before the update?
Highly doubt. I means thats why updates exist. If it could post without the update then why would there be new bios to update the mobo?
    
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Highly doubt. I means thats why updates exist. If it could post without the update then why would there be new bios to update the mobo?
I assumed as much, I was hoping that the update might add overclocking options or improve performance but still be able to run it on a low level without the update.

Well, unless anyone can confirm otherwise, I'll just order a Celeron D 331 which is apparently supported by BIOS version 1. Its only £20, and I can always keep it around in case I need it for the same thing in the future.
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  • I assume the CPU will come with a patch of TIM on either CPU or cooler, but is this re-usable? I was considering buying some Arctic Silver 5 in case I screwed up seating it and for use on my build later this year.
The Intel heatsinks come with some on it but get the AS5 anyway, you wont regret it
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The Intel heatsinks come with some on it but get the AS5 anyway, you wont regret it
I will not say AS5 is not good since I always used this but I reseated my CPU recently and I can see that MX-1 that is ceramic is doing a great job that comes in par with AS5. Just letting you know that ceramic thermal paste comes faster in the right condition while metalic takes more time.
    
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Has anyone mentioned E2140 v E2160 yet? I'm sure you've searched already, when I was ready to purchase either of these CPU's (backpedaled) it came across-- to me-- that the E2160 was the better overclocker.

Anyone want to offer him experience insight on this? How much more is the E2140 than the 60?
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The E2160 would cost about £5 - £10 more than the E2140
    
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