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Hello,

I have an older CPU - AMD Athlon II x3 445

I was wondering if I could upgrade that to the AMD Phenom II x6 1090T. I've read that my current CPU has the sockets for AM2+ and AM3.

I'm not much of a hardware 'geek' and would appreciate any help I could get.

Thanks
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  1. Best answer
    Actually, they are both of the AM3 socket so yes, you will be able to make the upgrade without a problem.

    Note: make sure you re-apply thermal paste.
  2. Kingbob said:
    Actually, they are both of the AM3 socket so yes, you will be able to make the upgrade without a problem.

    Note: make sure you re-apply thermal paste.


    Thank you for the fast response :)
  3. Yeah, you can probably make that switch just fine. (Sidenote: it's the motherboard that has the socket, not the CPU ;)) What desktop/motherboard are you running? Occasionally, even when the new CPU is the same socket, it can require a BIOS update/flash of the motherboard, just fyi.
  4. ixidarbzixi said:
    Kingbob said:
    Actually, they are both of the AM3 socket so yes, you will be able to make the upgrade without a problem.

    Note: make sure you re-apply thermal paste.


    Thank you for the fast response :)


    Sure thing! Good luck with the upgrade!
  5. ACTechy said:
    Yeah, you can probably make that switch just fine. (Sidenote: it's the motherboard that has the socket, not the CPU ;)) What desktop/motherboard are you running? Occasionally, even when the new CPU is the same socket, it can require a BIOS update/flash of the motherboard, just fyi.

    On CPU-Z it says:

    Manufacturer: Acer
    Model: X5400
    Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 720a
    Southbridge: NVIDIA nForce 720a MCP
    LPCIO: ITE IT8720
  6. ixidarbzixi said:
    ACTechy said:
    Yeah, you can probably make that switch just fine. (Sidenote: it's the motherboard that has the socket, not the CPU ;)) What desktop/motherboard are you running? Occasionally, even when the new CPU is the same socket, it can require a BIOS update/flash of the motherboard, just fyi.

    On CPU-Z it says:

    Manufacturer: Acer
    Model: X5400
    Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 720a
    Southbridge: NVIDIA nForce 720a MCP
    LPCIO: ITE IT8720


    Hmm...hard to find. What's the model is the desktop exactly?
  7. ACTechy said:
    ixidarbzixi said:
    ACTechy said:
    Yeah, you can probably make that switch just fine. (Sidenote: it's the motherboard that has the socket, not the CPU ;)) What desktop/motherboard are you running? Occasionally, even when the new CPU is the same socket, it can require a BIOS update/flash of the motherboard, just fyi.

    On CPU-Z it says:

    Manufacturer: Acer
    Model: X5400
    Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 720a
    Southbridge: NVIDIA nForce 720a MCP
    LPCIO: ITE IT8720


    Hmm...hard to find. What's the model is the desktop exactly?

    All it says on the side of the case is 'Acer Aspire AX5400'.
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