Angry Ali said...
So if i understand you correctly, i'd have to upgrade the PSW to make sure i've got enough wattage and bung on a couple of chipset coolers?
The current psw is a 200w one which i was thinking of upgrading anyway, but how do i confirm whether the BIOS is the F2 version? Will it say on the boot screen?
What? No. Yes. Sort of. Let me explain.
Gigabyte have put more hardcore power regulators and cooling onto the motherboard than what Intel spec'd for that chipsets requirements, so it'll handle the 1066mhz FSB speed where the vanilla intel spec'd one would crap out. You won't need chipset coolers or owt, Gigabyte sorted that out themselves. It's already there.
Just make sure the PSU is a reasonable one (if it's 200W, you might want to look at getting a 500w Antec one - not that you'll need 500W, but it'll guarantee it has enough amps for the chipset because a decent PSU has better rails than a cheapy 200W one which will sh1t itself at the slightest provocation) and you should be good - the motherboard specifically states it supports that CPU so just make sure you have enough juice for it, and ensure the BIOS is at the correct revision.
As for the mobo revision, there's normally an interrupt key (Del, F12, etc) that it'll say to press to enter 'setup' - in there it'll tell you what revision of the BIOS it has. Most mobos from the last ten years support updating of the BIOS from Windows, so you shouldn't require any ninja skillz to do it.