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It says I may need an older cpu to upgrade bios?

Chaseguy
  • 1 month ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7bK6Nq

I was putting a pc together for a friend and the error about the mobo maybe needing a bios update came up. I think I remember in the past that this isn’t really anything to worry about, but I would like to make sure.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the BIOS version it shipped with.

Tons of older stock sitting around that isn't compatible so you might get unlucky.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is there anyway to make sure you get the right bios version

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would get an x570 motherboard instead of x470, it will be compatible out of the box.

I believe you can also find x470, and b450 boards that say Ryzen 3000 ready on the box.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can try calling whatever retailer your going through.

Honestly I would just get a 2700X though and save the extra money.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I had to indulge myself:

  • B450 MAX motherboards are Ryzen-3000 ready out of the box.

  • Faster RAM (or higher bandwidth) would be more appealing for Ryzen CPUs (hitting higher with CPU boost clocks)

  • This ones optional. Preferably a 1TB NVME SSD? If you need more storage, add hard drive

  • Don't bother with RTX 2080 cards. Later RTX 2070 revisions landed with the RTX 2070 SUPER cards - which gain around 10-15% performance in games. Only a couple/few % trailing the 2080 - a tiny excusable performance sum in gain of $124 saved!

  • Newer Phankteks AMP PSU (powered by Seasonic).

  • VA panel display (1ms). Better colour reproduction and viewing angles.

Something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $174.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler $39.17 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.89 @ B&H
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $84.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $114.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card $499.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.98 @ Amazon
Power Supply Phanteks AMP 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC C24G1 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $144.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1343.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-26 21:32 EST-0500

Around $150 saved.... if you fancy splashing out:

  • Maybe a 8-core Ryzen 3700X?

  • More storage?

  • a pricer black/white X570 mobo (not worth it unless the colour coordinated aesthetic is an absolute must). You also have other options: white memory or black/white cooler (The Cryorig H7 comes to mind)

  • etc

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