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November 3, 2011 6:07:43 PM

Hello,

Can an AM3+ mobo work with a chip that is AM3 like the Phenom II X4 955?

is this the only thing I have to look at when determining compatablility on a computer (other than PSU?)

Thanks
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November 3, 2011 6:21:38 PM

Yes no problem.
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November 3, 2011 6:27:03 PM

sirion25 said:
Hello,

Can an AM3+ mobo work with a chip that is AM3 like the Phenom II X4 955?



Yes an AM3+ motherboard can run a AM3 cpu.

It's the other way around that wouldn't work (for most AM3 motherboards that is). (AM3+ cpu in an AM3 MB).


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is this the only thing I have to look at when determining compatablility on a computer (other than PSU?)

Thanks


generally on hardware side of things, in most situations, yes.

It's the software you have to worry about.
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November 3, 2011 6:30:48 PM

Always check the motherboard's website for CPU compatability. I personally only buy RAM that has been tested and approved by the motherboard manufacturer, less chance for issues that way. For the best performance with modern graphics make sure your motherboard supports PCI-E x16, 2 of them if you want to crossfire or SLI in the future!

Also, most modern motherboards support only SATA and have done away with IDE for hard drives, so be aware of that, though for most it isn't an issue. Also, I believe AMD and nVidia both have a utility available to determine which powersupply is best for your build based on graphics cards.
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