I am looking the replace the stock CPU in my brother's old Gateway GM5474, as it is the bottleneck of the whole system. I have done some research as to whether or not it is possible to replace the CPU, and I have not found a definitive answer; some say that this AM2 board will support an AM3 processor and some say I can't. I want to know whether or not purchasing a new motherboard would be necessary to replace the cpu
Currently, the computer has a 750 watt psu, a radeon HD 6850, 4gb of ddr2 ram and a 1tb 7200rpm hdd; the only things that have not been replaced are the motherboard and cpu. I currently run a copy of windows 7 32bit, but I have a 64 bit version at the ready following the upgrade.