Question about the am3 and am3+ socket and my processor

I decided that i would buy AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor which on newegg says that it needs the Am3 socket. therefore i dont know if Am3+ socket will be good for this processor too. because the AM3+ socket is newer i guess i could upgrade my processor late on? thanks
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  1. Hello hubict12;

    You didn't mention the motherboard make and model.
    Did you check your motherboard CPU compatibility list?
    Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition should be on it.

    You can run AM3 CPUs in AM3+ motherboard.
    And have an upgrade path for future upgrading.
  2. yeah well thats what i was needing thanks, and im going to buy a motherboard so i guess a mother board with a socket AM3+ will be good for this processor ? and then later on i can upgrade to a better processor and the am3+ will be there.
  3. and if we are here would you recommend any good motherboards with AM3+ sockets? around 80-150$?

    Good board in your budget bit more featured than the 970
  5. All the 9xx AM3+ boards have an upgrade path through Bulldozer and Piledriver CPUs.
  6. 990 gives the option of SLi in the future for him though and doesnt cost alot more.
  7. If sli is not a concern. The Asus M5A97 is a solid board but it only supports Crossfire and is $95.
  8. Thank you guys! and btw any good Am2+ motherboards out there for my older pc? my friend is giving me a Quad core amd processor and i need a Am2+ motherboard
  9. Ebay you can find AM2+ boards for pennies, even brand new ones can be filthy cheap
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