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Processor Rejection? Is it by socket or mother board or what?

I have an HP Pavilion http://tinyurl.com/lm9rstc

And I want to get an FX- 8320 http://tinyurl.com/lxy2qs6

IDK how processors and the computer itself go hand in hand. I want to know if my computer will reject that processor in any way, so I dont end up blowing 160 bucks for something I cant install.

Would it reject it by the motherboard? Or would it be something else? Also, Do processors work with computers ONLY by socket?
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    abnasty said:
    I have an HP Pavilion http://tinyurl.com/lm9rstc

    And I want to get an FX- 8320 http://tinyurl.com/lxy2qs6

    IDK how processors and the computer itself go hand in hand. I want to know if my computer will reject that processor in any way, so I dont end up blowing 160 bucks for something I cant install.

    Would it reject it by the motherboard? Or would it be something else? Also, Do processors work with computers ONLY by socket?


    Unfortunately, the FX processors need an AM3+ socket. And yes, the socket is the biggest factor to look at when considering motherboard-CPU compatibility. There are wattage limits as well, but that's about it.

    Here are your motherboard's supported processors: http://www.game-debate.com/motherboard/index.php?mot_id=1480&cpuList=Foxconn%20N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (drop-down menus)
  2. your board is am3....but the processor is am3+

    so it wont be compatible out of the box.....a bios update might do the trick for you, but it is better you don't take the risk.
  3. DonQuixoteMC said:
    abnasty said:
    I have an HP Pavilion http://tinyurl.com/lm9rstc

    And I want to get an FX- 8320 http://tinyurl.com/lxy2qs6

    IDK how processors and the computer itself go hand in hand. I want to know if my computer will reject that processor in any way, so I dont end up blowing 160 bucks for something I cant install.

    Would it reject it by the motherboard? Or would it be something else? Also, Do processors work with computers ONLY by socket?


    Unfortunately, the FX processors need an AM3+ socket. And yes, the socket is the biggest factor to look at when considering motherboard-CPU compatibility. There are wattage limits as well, but that's about it.

    Here are your motherboard's supported processors: http://www.game-debate.com/motherboard/index.php?mot_id=1480&cpuList=Foxconn%20N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (drop-down menus)


    Thank you so much, I knew that I would end up getting something that doesnt work
  4. abnasty said:
    Thank you so much, I knew that I would end up getting something that doesnt work


    No problem! I take it you're trying to upgrade your computer. Do you need any help deciding the best course of action?
  5. DonQuixoteMC said:
    abnasty said:
    Thank you so much, I knew that I would end up getting something that doesnt work


    No problem! I take it you're trying to upgrade your computer. Do you need any help deciding the best course of action?


    Well Im looking at http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-1055T-Processor-HDT55TFBGRBOX/dp/B003FVNC0Q/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A168YW697SU3UM
  6. abnasty said:

    Yeah! That's one of the supported CPUs. It'll definitely work.
  7. DonQuixoteMC said:
    abnasty said:

    Yeah! That's one of the supported CPUs. It'll definitely work.


    Turns out... it didnt work. Because some stock motherboards are made to fit only the chip they were made with
  8. I was about to say, "brand-in-a-box" PCs are not meant for real gaming. They're designed to be attractive to the widest audience possible and maximize the profits of the "manufacturer". This is why gamers (like me) build our gaming rigs. We prefer the modular approach and we know every single component of our machines. Generally we are able to make as little compromise as possible and get the most for our money without having stupid hard-wired BIOSes that won't allow a CPU swap.
  9. Avro Arrow said:
    I was about to say, "brand-in-a-box" PCs are not meant for real gaming. They're designed to be attractive to the widest audience possible and maximize the profits of the "manufacturer". This is why gamers (like me) build our gaming rigs. We prefer the modular approach and we know every single component of our machines. Generally we are able to make as little compromise as possible and get the most for our money without having stupid hard-wired BIOSes that won't allow a CPU swap.


    ^ Nailed it.
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