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Could my AM2 socket MOBO support an AM3 CPU?

Recently my AM2 CPU was fried. I have this mobo Dell F896N and I'm calling Dell Support, except I have to wait 20 minutes for someone to answer.

I am wanting to buy a AMD Athlon II X3 450 95W Processor which is an AM3 socket CPU.

I have read upon Wikipedia, that AM3 processors are backwards compatible. Would I be able to use an AM3 cpu for my AM2 mobo?
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    It should work. Just make sure you have the latest bios update for the motherboard.
  2. lucasz said:
    It should work. Just make sure you have the latest bios update for the motherboard.


    Does this require me to flash the bios?
  3. You shouldn't need to. Just download the latest bios and it'll usually come in an .exe file. Run the .exe file and you should be all good
  4. lucasz said:
    You shouldn't need to. Just download the latest bios and it'll usually come in an .exe file. Run the .exe file and you should be all good


    Thank you very much, sir!
  5. You're welcome!
  6. Yes, AM3 cpu's are backwards compatible with socket AM2, but in actual practice, finding a motherboard with bios update needed to make this happen is VERY rare. Rarer still with royalty OEM's like dell.
  7. How your cpu was fried is also a worthwhile question to explore. It might have contributed to the problem.
  8. FALC0N said:
    How your cpu was fried is also a worthwhile question to explore. It might have contributed to the problem.


    Static discharge. I'm on a carpet right now and I never thought to ground out the electricity when I started to fix this computer. Really just needed a new OS. Question is answered anyways if I can't do the cpu change I'll just return it simple as that.
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