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July 15, 2011 5:52:47 AM

Hey, hope this doesnt come across as a stupid question but Im looking to upgrade my cpu and im not sure how to tell if the new on will fit in my current motherboard

I currently have a AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core Processor

and I was looking at an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

any help would be great

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July 15, 2011 6:01:07 AM

What motherboard do you have? It will all depend on the socket, the 9550 has an AM2+ socket whilst the X6 is probably running on AM3 socket. If the motherboard doesn't support AM3 CPU's, it may not work.
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July 15, 2011 6:05:53 AM

Believe that its a M2N78-LA or a Violet-GL8E made by Pegatron
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July 15, 2011 6:07:20 AM

If I am reading this product info page correctly it looks as if it supports AM3 but I dont know much about mother boards and cpu specs
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July 15, 2011 6:31:38 AM

or maybe even the AMD Phenom II X4 955 which i think is still am 3 if im not mistaken
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July 15, 2011 6:34:04 AM

If the motherboard supports AM3 CPU's, make sure that it can handle the 125W CPU's as well. Because the 1090T is highly overclockable, it will require more power to run. Ensure the motherboard supports up to 125W CPU's before you buy.

EDIT: I just noticed the 1090T is backwards compatible with AM2+ and AM2, so the socket support is no longer an issue. Sorry, I'm not the best with AMD... :) 
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July 15, 2011 10:02:30 AM

Go to your motherboard manufacturers website and look for thier list of compatible cpu's. You cant go wrong going down this road.
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July 15, 2011 3:20:09 PM

The list of compatilbles are all AM2 or AM2+ and I've looked for those, I know this is an old computer im not looking for the best CPU just something about a 2.8 or so. Im not sure where to tell if it will hold a 125w cpu so heres what is says

Motherboard Description:
Pegatron M2N78-LA

Form Factor:
Micro-Atx: 24.4cm (9.6 in) x 24.4cm (9.6 in)

Chipset:
NVIDIA GeForce 9100

Front-side bus speed
5200Mt/s

Processor Upgrade:

Socket Type: AM3

n im not gonna list the rest but here is website if im missing nething

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=e...
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July 18, 2011 8:27:15 AM

Following that linky I've come to the conclusion that that motherboard will support a 125W TDP CPU (I think it supports up to 140W, if I'm not mistaken). That means the 1090T will fit, and you can go for it if you have the $$.
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