7 months ago
I am currently gaming on an aging laptop and my plan is to buy a new Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 CPU in July and build my first PC. Not caring about PCIe 4.0, I have been looking at B450 and X470 boards, as they are supposed to work fine with the new CPUs. All they need is a BIOS update, right?
Wait, what? How is that supposed to happen? I have flipped through a few BIOS update videos and all of them have a CPU with cooler and OS already installed. This seems like a catch-22 in which I cannot install the chip in the board until I update the BIOS but cannot update the bios without a chip installed.
Is there a workaround to this or am I stuck shelling out cash for PCIe 4.0 slots I don't need?