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October 20, 2010 4:31:08 AM

Hello,

I'm looking for some help here
well the other day i wanted to upgrade my graphics card and power supply to get better frames. So, i did but then i noticed the graphics being bottlenecked by my cpu. But, i don't know if my motherboard would support a Am3 processor
Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Noah.

Gateway Dx4200-09
Motherboard: foxconn (bengal) rs780

• 640GB 7200rpm Serial ATA II/300 hard drive with 16MB Cache
• AMD Phenom X4 9100e 64-bit Quad-Core Processor (1.80GHz, 2MB L2 Cache) with AMD64 Technology
• EVGA 460 gtx 1 MB
• 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2-2048MB modules), expandable up to 8GB
• AMD 780G Chipset
• 1 – PCI-E x16, 1 – PCI-Ex1 and 1 – PCI Available Expansion Slots
• 18X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive featuring Labelflash Technology
• Gateway 15-in-1 media card reader with copy button
• 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
• 2 IEEE 1394a Ports(1 Front, 1 Rear)
• 1 HDMI and 1 VGA video port
• 2 PS2 Ports
• 56k ITU v.92 Ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
• 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
• Premium Multimedia Keyboard
• 2-Button USB Optical Wheel Mouse
• Amplified USB Powered Stereo Speakers
• 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 16.34” x 7.09” x 17.32” (415mm x 180mm x 440mm)
• 500W Power Supply
October 20, 2010 9:52:33 AM

You got this AMD Phenom X4 9100e and you want to downgrade to Am3 processor and your gpu is this EVGA 460 gtx 1 MB(1Mb or 1Gb?). GTX 460 is good but your RAM is only 2Gb try adding to 4Gb. What OS your using maybe the config of your media player is not right. Try updating your GPU drivers.
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October 20, 2010 10:06:52 AM

dEAne said:
You got this AMD Phenom X4 9100e and you want to downgrade to Am3 processor and your gpu is this EVGA 460 gtx 1 MB(1Mb or 1Gb?). GTX 460 is good but your RAM is only 2Gb try adding to 4Gb. What OS your using maybe the config of your media player is not right. Try updating your GPU drivers.


The Phenom 9xxx were junk CPU's. Even Athlon II X4's are way better CPU's, not to mention the Phenom II's.
So you're completely wrong. And he has 4GB RAM, read again.

@ OP: Some mobos with 780G chipset can support AM3 CPU's if their BIOS is flashed, i'm not sure though. If they don't support AM3's, then you'll have to change your mobo also. In total it's going to cost you ~230$ (let's say a PII X4 955 CPU and a nice 785G mobo)
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October 20, 2010 7:50:00 PM

I had the same computer and I have since completely overhauled it the only thing I have left from the original is the western digital 640GB and the optical drive.The best route I could think of to upgrade without changing the case is to go with a micro atx motherboard and a Am3 cpu you can keep the Nanya ram if you want to save a little cash I haven't been keeping an eye on ram prices lately.The thing about changing the motherboard is if your still using the oem Vista or Seven you will have to call Microsoft after the change to get them to re-activate it can also be done over the internet but I had no luck with it so I just called them up and five minutes later it was activated.Answering your original question the first real upgrade I tried was a Phenom 9750 but the motherboard only supported up to 95w so I just went the complete ovehaul route.
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October 20, 2010 8:03:24 PM

Ah, thanks for the replys guys

Let's say without buying a new motherboard can i go
with the Phenom II 945?

Apparently it's 95w and AM2+
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October 20, 2010 8:12:50 PM

I was just talking with a friend he has an ECS RS780 running a Phenom II 940 so I can't say it wouldn't work but the bios would have to be upgraded I'm thinking.I should also note that that Mb had support for 125w and still a Am2+ cpu.
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October 20, 2010 9:29:21 PM

Altaysk said:
Ah, thanks for the replys guys

Let's say without buying a new motherboard can i go
with the Phenom II 945?

Apparently it's 95w and AM2+


Only PII 920 & 940 were AM2+, 945,955 and 965 are AM3.
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October 20, 2010 10:36:01 PM

unknown_13 said:
Only PII 920 & 940 were AM2+, 945,955 and 965 are AM3.

While they are a different socket they are still backwards compatible with Am2+ motherboards you just wouldn't get ddr3 support on a Am2+ mb but they work fine with ddr2.
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October 20, 2010 11:54:14 PM

Thanks a lot guys, reading from what the cpu-z forum
had, i guess i will be going with the phenom II 945 :) 

will get back if anything goes wrong, thanks!
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