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Hey guys im going to be getting a x2 4200+, and was wondering what I need to do to switch to that from the 3800+ single core I have now besides switching the chips will I need a new heatsink? and have to upgrade my bios?
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BIOS update? Is it for your sig rig? If so, then no. AM2 boards, I'd say, natively support dual-core CPUs without BIOS updates.

New HSF? That depends on how well the stock one performs. Just by guessing, though, it'd be a safe bet to get an aftermarket one if you're going to be overclocking. Back in the days of S939, HSFs for single-core Athlons were less effective than the heatpipe-equipped stock dual-core HSFs.

Of course, you can follow one of my favorite maxims: When in doubt, test!

Hope this helps.
    
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BIOS update? Is it for your sig rig? If so, then no. AM2 boards, I'd say, natively support dual-core CPUs without BIOS updates.

New HSF? That depends on how well the stock one performs. Just by guessing, though, it'd be a safe bet to get an aftermarket one if you're going to be overclocking. Back in the days of S939, HSFs for single-core Athlons were less effective than the heatpipe-equipped stock dual-core HSFs.

Of course, you can follow one of my favorite maxims: When in doubt, test!

Hope this helps.
Not true!!

My nforce4 needed the latest f10 bios revision before it would recognize my dual-core.

So I say, yes, flash the bios.
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Not true!!

My nforce4 needed the latest f10 bios revision before it would recognize my dual-core.

So I say, yes, flash the bios.
Well... I stand corrected.

Good catch, Sazar.
    
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thank you both, sorry this might be a dumb question but who do I flash the bios? right in the bios should be an option?
*EDIT* yes this is for my sig rig
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thank you both, sorry this might be a dumb question but who do I flash the bios? right in the bios should be an option?
*EDIT* yes this is for my sig rig
My Asus motherboards came with a drivers and utilities disk. On that CD was a utility called "Asus Update." It's a Windows-level BIOS flasher. It's easy to use, very intuitive.

Some may caution against using a Windows-level BIOS flasher, but personally I've never had any problems with the process.

The alternative would be using a floppy drive and copying the new BIOS.rom file onto it (make sure you save a copy of your current BIOS too!), then flashing it in a DOS environment. The manual should have detailed instructions on how to do things this way. Less convenient than using Asus Update, in my opinion, but this is the "old-school" way.

Most important thing during a BIOS flash: DO NOT cut power off from the system whilst it's flashing. Doing so is the quickest way to make your motherboard useless.

Hope this helps!
    
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My Asus motherboards came with a drivers and utilities disk. On that CD was a utility called "Asus Update." It's a Windows-level BIOS flasher. It's easy to use, very intuitive.

Some may caution against using a Windows-level BIOS flasher, but personally I've never had any problems with the process.

The alternative would be using a floppy drive and copying the new BIOS.rom file onto it (make sure you save a copy of your current BIOS too!), then flashing it in a DOS environment. The manual should have detailed instructions on how to do things this way. Less convenient than using Asus Update, in my opinion, but this is the "old-school" way.

Most important thing during a BIOS flash: DO NOT cut power off from the system whilst it's flashing. Doing so is the quickest way to make your motherboard useless.

Hope this helps!
very much so ty, +rep
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My gigabyte came with a utility, windows-based as well.
I used it, and it worked like a charm.
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