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November 10, 2013 9:16:59 AM

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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November 10, 2013 9:28:08 AM

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.
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November 10, 2013 9:45:00 AM

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 :) 
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November 10, 2013 9:45:49 AM

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.
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November 10, 2013 9:46:18 AM

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!
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November 10, 2013 10:25:13 AM

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
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November 10, 2013 10:42:17 AM

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?
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November 10, 2013 10:50:41 AM

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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