Can I use AM3 chip in AM2+ Socket

I have read that I may be able to use an AM3 chip in my current AM2+ socket. Also not sure if there is bios support for AM3 chip?

Mobo Biostar TPower N750 :

AMD Phenom II X4 AM3 :


AMD Penom II x4 AM3 :

Does it matter if one is 95w, and the other is 125w?

Current setup:
Biostar TPower N750
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @ 2.9GHz
4 GB GSKill DDR2 1066
500 watt PSU
GeForce 8800GT
2 250GB 7200RPM Seagate

I'm wanting to refresh this system without having to replace everything. I would like to upgrade CPU and GFX card to GeForce GTX 560
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  1. Yes. You can use an AM3 cpu in an AM2+ socket.
    But you must update your BIOS and check the cpu support list on the mbo website.
  2. There is a CPU support list right on the motherboard page. It will NOT support either of the CPUs you have linked to.

    The max is a Phenom II x 4 955.
  3. I'd order this even if it is back ordered atm.
    Supply will soon be non-existent.
    Don't be concerned if you've never heard of NCIX.
    Reputable company.
    AMD Phenom II X4 955
  4. ^ NCIX is a very good website. More popular in Canada than here in the US but they are very competitive with newegg in price.
  5. it may support 980 (as it is same as 955 but clocked higher, both are daneb chips)

    it will not support 960t as it is zosma chip and your board does not support zosma or thuban chip.

    Higher clock speed cpu use higher Wattage. Your board supports upto 125w cpu
    Use new stepping cpu (c3 stepping) as they use less power and overclock higher than older one.
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