I always use older computer hardware and put things together here and there. I have an old although still factory sealed and unused MOBO with an AM2 socket( MSI 7310 K9N4 Ultra F ) . I see it will take a dual core athlon 64 CPU . I have read something about a Phenom quad core fitting in my board, but I have seen mixed information on that. Do you know if this is a legitimate option? My desktop I have now is a P4 single core 3.00 GHz so I suppose a dual core would be an improvement but I know that a quad would be better. Also I have a Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS to run on this board. I also have a Galaxy GeForce 210 1 GB video I would like to add to the K9N4 board too.
I am sure that someone out there has been down this road before and has some valuable knowledge to share.
Apparently the board's BIOSes only support Athlon 64-based CPUs, no Phenoms. The fastest officially-supported chip is the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, although if the 6000+ will work, the 6400+ should work as well (exact same chip, just 200 MHz faster.)