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Forgive my ignorance but I have only one question. Say I build a PC, and put in it an AMD 6300. Can I end up swapping it in the future for an intel CPU like an i7 4690k?
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  1. You would have to change your motherboard in order to use the 4690K.
  2. Yes as long as you buy the correct socket motherboard to match the CPU. Intel would need an Intel Socket Motherboard.
  3. I'm afraid not.

    Both Intel and AMD, being different companies, have different motherboards to support their CPUs.
    This is even more confusing when you consider that 'said motherboards change sockets with almost every new generation of CPU.

    The 6300 sits on an AMD AM3+ Motherboard socket. AMD also has the FM2+ Sockets for APUs.
    With Intel, there are many. They usually change a lot more frequently than AMD.

    You can upgrade to other processors in the same family most of the time. For example, providing it's a good board, one that supports a 6300 could also support an 8350.


    CPUs are just inherently different. Especially between brands. AMD still uses pins whereas Intel uses... well, basically really tiny springs.
    A different CPU wouldn't physically fit in a different socket, let alone be supported through hardware and software.

    You would need to upgrade the board to change brands and/or processor family.
    In short, when buying a CPU, you also need to look at which socket it goes into (E.g. LGA 1150) and then buy a board with that socket.
  4. Would a Gigabyte GA970 A MoBo work, for example?
  5. With the FX 6300, yes.
    With the 4690K, no.
  6. But like you said if I REALLY did want to I could just take everything off the first motherboard, buy an intel compatible one along with an intel cpu and swap everything over, right?
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    Yes, the GPU, the RAM and the HDDs should work fine on the Intel mobo plus CPU.
  8. Appreciate it, thank you guys.
  9. EliJohn922 said:
    But like you said if I REALLY did want to I could just take everything off the first motherboard, buy an intel compatible one along with an intel cpu and swap everything over, right?


    Oh yeah definitely.
    I mean obviously it varies, a 5 year old board probably isn't going to support the same stuff as we have today, although things can be backwards compatible sometimes at the risk of decreased performance.

    CPUs are tied to the Motherboard made for them. As are motherboards to the CPUs they're intended for.
    Everything else, such as GPUs, Hard Drives, Sound Cards and whatnot, generally work with both brands and the various sockets within those brands.

    One thing to keep in mind though - Windows ties its license to the board, you would need a new license for a mobo upgrade. A motherboard is pretty much the only thing that can't be upgraded without buying a new key of Windows and reinstalling (duh). Everything else can be swapped out.
  10. Yeah, if the "old board" you're talking about has DDR2 memory and a AGP graphics card, then the new mobo won't support them.

    I doubt it is that old though.
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