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. 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?? Related resources How I buy laptops. Tell me what you think please! - Forum How to tell what type of graphic card goes on my motherboard - Forum Tell Me What to Buy :) - Forum How can I tell what is installed on my motherboard ? - Forum Thinking to buy this system, tell me what u think... - 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. 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" 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 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... truest December 4, 2009 10:18:54 PM Thank you. And thanks for taking the time for powersearching it =P Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumHow to tell if a graphics card is compatible with a motherboard ? ForumHow to tell if a power supply is compatible with my motherboard ForumPrice Jump worth it? Can someone just tell me what to get? ForumMy New Built Guys, Please tell me how is it and need suggestions. ForumHow to tell /check if PSU will work with MOBO and other components? ForumHow do I tell what video interface I have ForumNew build. Tell me what you think!! ForumHow can you tell what CPU you have? ForumBudget custom PC build. Tell me what you think!! ForumGuys, please tell me if this build looks good - about to buy it!! ForumI need advice on what motherboard to buy ( For Gaming ) ForumTell me what Laptop to buy ! ForumFirst new build in 15 years: Would you kindly tell me what you think? ForumIntel i5 3550p & AS Rock Z77 PRO 3 ForumMotherboard asus a8n-la More resources Read discussions in other Motherboards categories BIOS Boot Chipsets ASRock Asus Chaintech DFI Elitegroup FIC Foxconn Gigabyte Intel MSI-Microstar !