Buying CPUs (Just the Chip)

Liam_84

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Hi, I've been trying to find a particular CPU that is a bit older that has its original packaging, but can only find it where the seller is only selling the chip. Is it ok to buy CPUs that don't come with their boxes?

(Just for clarification I'm looking for an AMD A10-6800K for my MSI FM2-A55M-E35 [MS-7721] motherboard. If there are better supported CPUs then please feel free to let me know, I'm kinda new to buying parts)

Thank you for your feedback
 
Buying CPU's OEM style is fine. Just make sure you check the pins. Make sure none are bent or broken. If they are a little bent you need to use a credit card to ease them back straight. If they look bent to the point you may break them trying to fix then you should send it back.
 
Buying CPU's OEM style is fine. Just make sure you check the pins. Make sure none are bent or broken. If they are a little bent you need to use a credit card to ease them back straight. If they look bent to the point you may break them trying to fix then you should send it back.
 

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bent is not that dangerous if you know how to bent them back to position and if they are not that bent, broken pins is a no, don't buy it

tray cpus or cpus used, perhaps without the cooler ae just fine but they have a different warranty, 3 or 6 months only

if you don't need the apu, the gpu in that cpu, i wouldn't buy a apu, just a x4 860k or something like that if i already have a dedicated gpu

be sure to update bios before remving the old cpu, so if the new cpu needed a newer bios, you will already be on latest bios version
 

Liam_84

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What about the heatsink/cooling problems? Will I need to find a new CPU fan/heatsink for this CPU?

(My current CPU is an AMD A6-6400K APU)
 

Yes get a good Cryorig M9a as the one you get may be old or bad.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - M9a 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
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First of all, never recommend buying used parts privately, I know you want a hard to find chip, but is it worth driving a far distance only to find you've been ripped off in some way? What I can recommend is first having the cpu run on a motherboard before you put a dollar down, if the seller doesn't want to do that or says that they can't. Run away.
Instead of buying used though, you should go on a good site like newegg and buy refurbished fm2+ socket chips. If you have enough money though the best absolute thing to do is sell your mobo and ram to upgrade to a ryzen 3. Best choice in the long run.
 

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I can point you in the right direction a bit

the key thing is its an fm2 board, not an fm2+ board.

"The FM2+ has a slightly different pin configuration to Socket FM2 with two additional pin sockets. Socket FM2+ APUs are not compatible with Socket FM2 motherboards due to the aforementioned additional pins. However, socket FM2 APUs such as "Richland" and "Trinity" are compatible with FM2+ socket.
Socket FM2+ - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_FM2%2B"

so it would seem u need the slightly improved richmond :

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/AMD-APU-A10-6800K-CPU-Processor-Quad-Core-4-1GHz-Socket-FM2-4MB-Cache-TDP-100W/32799958223.html?source=%7Bifdyn:dyn%7D%7Bifpla:pla%7D%7Bifdbm:DBM&albch=DID%7D&albslr=204937128&src=google&albch=shopping&acnt=494-037-6276&isdl=y&aff_short_key=UneMJZVf&albcp=756822904&albag=35305934810&slnk=&trgt=250793808772&plac=&crea=en32799958223&netw=g&device=c&mtctp=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw557NBRC9ARIsAHJvVVPJzVjdVT_RReIdZzeMIfGDcI-bI7LfdBVsmE0DeLkFvwW6WWV9cd8aAqe1EALw_wcB

they dont say new, but its not a chip many would stress by OCing, so used sounds a reasonable risk to me.

it should be a good chip, but fm2+ mobo & chip (kaveri) which came later, added some nice stuff as i recall.
 

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I messed up, I have an A78M-E35 which is FM2+. It's kind of dumb how many different MSI mobos have the same code even though they can have incompatible components (MS-7721)
 

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Then you ahave a fine board & a choice of some fine processors for it, even tho oldish. the cpu is merely a competent 4 core, but the graphics is excellent.


https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007671%2050001028%20600484725%20601109696&Manufactory=1028

(filtered link for fm2+ processors w/ included graphics (aka an APU) which i assume u prefer).

I suspect newer apuS (fm3+, bristol ridge etc. are backwards compatible w/ fm2+, but not sure). not much changed after fm2+ tho methinks.

this seems good buying:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113404

the a10 7850k was a classic, & there should be plenty headed for the dump near you right now. They were popular as home entertainment servers as they were the only integrated graphics that coped w/ HD graphics & video well.

there are probably many oem desktops from acer, dell etc. that used them. if u knew models, may find a junker w/ a suitable apu in it.
 

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