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AM3 processor in AM2+ socket? also have other questions

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April 11, 2010 9:37:53 PM

Hey all, long time reader, just recently decided to make an account to post.

So getting to my first question, I was wondering if it was possible to put a 95w phenom II x4 am3 processor into my am2+ socket. (replacing my old phenom x3 95w processor). According to http://www.pcconnectionexpress.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Det... under specs, its compatible with am2+. Wanted to check with the community to make sure that's true.

I was also recently looking into getting a new graphics card (GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 to replace my 8800GT) and according to the power requirements guide it says I should be able to use it (have a 500 watt antec basiq ATX12V power supply) with the processor above, but it also says something about "The recommended is 500 watt two 6 pin PCI Express connectors.". Is that something that would come with the card or would I have to go out and buy that separately?

Sorry if some of this is common knowledge, I've just recently got into messing with the innards of computers. :) 

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April 11, 2010 10:03:22 PM

baine said:
Hey all, long time reader, just recently decided to make an account to post.

So getting to my first question, I was wondering if it was possible to put a 95w phenom II x4 am3 processor into my am2+ socket. (replacing my old phenom x3 95w processor). According to http://www.pcconnectionexpress.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Det... under specs, its compatible with am2+. Wanted to check with the community to make sure that's true.


The CPU can work with AM2+ motherboards, but your particular motherboard has to have a BIOS update to support the AM3 CPUs. I would check with your motherboard vendor as to whether they support the new CPU.

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I was also recently looking into getting a new graphics card (GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 to replace my 8800GT) and according to the power requirements guide it says I should be able to use it (have a 500 watt antec basiq ATX12V power supply) with the processor above, but it also says something about "The recommended is 500 watt two 6 pin PCI Express connectors.". Is that something that would come with the card or would I have to go out and buy that separately?

Sorry if some of this is common knowledge, I've just recently got into messing with the innards of computers. :) 


The two PCI Express 6-pin connectors are power connectors provided by the power supply. You had at least one of them connected to your old 8800GT; you just need to see if your power supply has another. If it does not, you will either need to get a power supply that has two of the connectors or you can use a Molex-to-PCIe adapter that may be included with the graphics card to provide the second connection.
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April 11, 2010 10:06:51 PM

very well stated and layed out for a first post, first thing first, i need to know what board ur using, second,

Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 36 Amp Amps.)
Two available 6-pin Molex hard drive power dongles

now you need to establish weather ur psu has 36 amps on the +12volt rail, there should be a label on the psu with this information, if ur psu has the recommended amperage but lacks the 2x6pin connectors, adaptors can be purchaced, if it lacks the recommended amperage,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 11, 2010 10:08:16 PM

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006272R/4...

Doesn't say anything about AM3, so would that be a no go?

Also, for my power supply the output is: +3.3V@30A, +5V@30A, +12V1@18A, +12V2@18A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2.5A.

"...+12V1@18A, +12V2@18A..."

Does it have to have 36A on one rail?
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April 11, 2010 10:14:57 PM

baine said:
http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006272R/4...

Doesn't say anything about AM3, so would that be a no go?


The last BIOS update for that board is dated 5/5/2008, which is before AM3 CPUs shipped. I doubt the board would work with an AM3 CPU.

12-volt rails are denoted by "+12V" and then the amperage. Some PSUs have more than one rail, so the individual rails would be numbered "+12V1," "+12V2," and so forth. You have two rails, each with 18 amps. 2 times 18 gives 36 amps, so your PSU has just enough amperage to drive the card.
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April 11, 2010 10:23:43 PM

cant find anything on the board, but the psu can take the card, jst get 2 adapters, make sure that one goes to each rail, the best bet for you might be a 9650
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April 11, 2010 10:28:37 PM

Best answer selected by baine.
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April 11, 2010 10:29:08 PM

Alright, thanks for the help. I'm going to try my luck with the video card.
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