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With the amd athlon 64 processor andwould like to know if I can upgrade to a amd

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February 14, 2011 3:52:19 PM

I have a m2n68-la motherboard with a amd athlon 64 processor and would like to know if I can upgrade the processor to a amd athlon 2 x 3 450
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February 14, 2011 7:01:30 PM

Yes, it will work. The board is an AM2 socket, and the Athlon II is AM3, and backwards compatible with the AM2 boards. (Not the other way around.) Your board is rated for a 89Watt processor and the Athlon II is a 95Watt, which is fine. Make sure that you use the Athlon II cooler.
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February 14, 2011 8:53:07 PM

Actually it will not work in a AM2 socket, AM3 CPU's will only work in AM2+ or AM3 boards I now from personal experience so you would have to get a new mobo.

EDIT:AM2 CPU's work in AM2+ boards as well.
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February 14, 2011 9:16:24 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_AM3#Compatibility
So it may require a bios update, which I checked into and is not available from HP for that motherboard. A bios update specifically for AM3 socket CPUs' needs to be available for compatibility with an AM2 board.
I stand corrected, and apologize for my error.
Thanks whooleo. I should have checked this out before I posted.
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February 15, 2011 2:16:38 AM

Yes, but as for exactly which CPUs it depends. Looking at HPs site, there are different versions for that board, Narra through Narra6, and which one you have will determine what BIOS updates are available and what CPUs the board will be able to support. Seems like the original Nara though will support any of the Windsor cores up to the 5600+ that are 89W and below (no 89W 6000 Windsor for you) so you should be safe with that.
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