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March 11, 2010 6:19:21 PM

I was looking to upgrade my CPU, but I am not sure that I will be able to with my motherboard. I was told that I might be able to use a AM3 CPU in my MB is that true?

Here is my MB and CPU

MB : ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Windsor 2.8 Ghz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2

Any suggestions on a CPU upgrade?
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March 11, 2010 6:47:59 PM

go to the asus web site, enter your motherboard model number and they will have a list of compatible CPUs
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March 11, 2010 7:01:26 PM

ct1615 said:
go to the asus web site, enter your motherboard model number and they will have a list of compatible CPUs


Yes I did that and according to ASUS this MB will only work with AM2 chips. I heard though that this particular board will work with AM3 chips even though ASUS says it won't. I read something about it being backwards compatible. I just wanted to check here and see what you all think.
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March 11, 2010 7:18:04 PM

I'm pretty sure that there's no AM2 motherboard that can work with AM3 chips. Unless its an AM2+ you're options are very limited unfortunately. For it to be compatible with AM3 chips the board would have to be forward-compatible which I'm sure all of us would love our hardware to be ;) 

If you're looking for an AM3 CPU then you'll most likely need a new motherboard :) 
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March 11, 2010 7:18:54 PM

The best CPU you can run is a Phenom9950BE... this runs at 2.6Ghz, move fsb to 410 and that's 2.73 without any additional heat.


I had the same motherboard with this CPU and it ran flawlessly.

I changed the motherboard to an M3A-78EM just to see if a faster HT Link will make it any faster and the gain was insignificant. So... That would be the best upgrade you can do.

Only go this way if you can find one for less then 140$ and at least a 9850@ 2.5Ghz
Any slower in clock speed will make it pointless.

Other idea is to get a 70$ Asus M3A78-EM or the M4A78-EMmotherboard and get yourself a 105$ Athlon II 630 (quad core at 2.8Ghz) and re-use that ram of yours. (hopefully it's at least DDR2-800)


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March 11, 2010 8:50:13 PM

for $140 you can get the Athlon II x 435 and a decent AM3 board

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March 11, 2010 8:56:42 PM

+1 to ct1615's suggestion.

An AM3 board with an Athlon II or Phenom II chip looks like a good idea. Both lines perform very well for the price.
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March 11, 2010 10:36:36 PM

moody89 said:
+1 to ct1615's suggestion.

An AM3 board with an Athlon II or Phenom II chip looks like a good idea. Both lines perform very well for the price.



Yes that is what I will do, thanks everyone.
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March 22, 2010 12:16:44 AM

Best answer selected by Richasa23.
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