Solved How Can I Tell What Motherboard To Buy? Tags: Motherboards Socket Phenom Product Last response: December 4, 2009 10:18 PM in Motherboards Share truest December 4, 2009 7:48:29 AM I purchased a Phenom II x 4 955 Black Edition. It is an AM3 Socket. What category of motherboards do I look at? Am I only looking for AM3 socket compatibility? Or does the motherboard have to say "CPU Type: Phenom II x4"? (shopping around at newegg). Another way of asking the same question : Can my processor work on a motherboard that has an AM3 socket, but it says "CPU Type: Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series" -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... More about : motherboard buy technuttso December 4, 2009 11:22:33 AM All these tipes of motherboard are Am3 Socket Motherboards: 1 CPU Socket Type : AM3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... 2CPU Socket Type : AM2+/AM3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... 3CPU Socket Type : AM2/AM2+/AM3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... But for an Am3 Phenom II x 4 955 Black Edition to work with with one of this boards is necessary do know the TDP of this processor, because not all boards support the highest TDP of an AMD processor. Phenom II x 4 955 Black Edition have 125W so u have to buy a board that supports a minimum of 125 TDP,but it will be a waste because these processor is build for overclock(Black Edition)...so u better get one with some higher TDP "coverage" and learn how to overclock. Good luck. m 0 l truest December 4, 2009 5:05:51 PM When Im looking around for a motherboard on newegg, what will say the TDP coverage? Im still confused. Am I supposed to be looking at CPU Socket Type AND/OR CPU Type?? m 0 l Related resources how to tell what motherboard i have? - Forum How can I tell what type of motherboard I have through Windows 8? - Forum How I buy laptops. Tell me what you think please! - Forum How do I tell what type channel on a motherboard - Forum How to know what motherboard to buy? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Proximon a b V Motherboard December 4, 2009 5:33:42 PM See my guide, linked in my sig, and the other guides stickied at the top of the homebuilt section. Any MB that is NOT backwards compatible with older CPUS is a safe bet. Those listed on newegg as just AM3 would be best... those are also DDR3 boards. Additionally you want an AMD chipset, and there are several. See my guide once again for a complete list of these. m 0 l truest December 4, 2009 6:51:15 PM I understand chipset, but im still confused. Does CPU Type have to match my processor or can it say something else? Let me restate the question because im lost. When buying an am3 socket motherboard, does the CPU TYPE matter at all? Or must it say 'Phenom II x4" m 0 l technuttso December 4, 2009 6:53:11 PM WHAT? Thermal Design Power : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_design_power http://www.cpu-world.com/Glossary/T/Thermal_Design_Powe...(TDP).html Good reading on the Proximon guides...u have allot of good info there. +10 for Proximon m 0 l Best solution Proximon a b V Motherboard December 4, 2009 7:33:02 PM truest said: Let me restate the question because im lost. When buying an am3 socket motherboard, does the CPU TYPE matter at all? Or must it say 'Phenom II x4" Manufacturers supply that info that newegg then turns into search parameters. It's not useful info at all, just ignore that search option. Any board that says AM3 and runs DDR3 will be compatible with your CPU. I can't think of one that would not, at least as far as AMD chipsets go. Here, every single board on this list is compatible with your CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... Share truest December 4, 2009 10:18:54 PM Thank you. And thanks for taking the time for powersearching it =P m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedHow do I know what motherboard to buy for my case? Forum SolvedHow can I tell if a motherboard supports GeForce cards? Forum SolvedHow to tell if a laptop motherboard is dead. Forum SolvedCan anyone tell me what motherboard this is? (image) Forum SolvedHow can I tell if these graphics cards are compatible with my PC's motherboard? Forum SolvedHow do I tell if a motherboard can overclclock Forum Solvedthis is my pc build that i want to buy tell me what u think about it Forum SolvedHow do I tell if a SATA port is SATA 1, 2, or 3 & WHAT'S THE BEST SSD RIGHT NOW? 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