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Old 12-17-09, 11:04 AM
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Gonna build a PC and I have a dumb question

I'm going with AMD and the stupid question I have is: is a socket AM3 motherboard backwards compatible with a socket AM2+ processor?
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Re: Gonna build a PC and I have a dumb question

It depends. An AM3 motherboard that supports DDR3 will not support AM2+ processors. An AM3 motherboard that supports DDR2 will likely be backwards compatible with AM2+.

I picked up one of these as part of a bundle. Quite frankly I wish I would have just gone pure AM3/DDR3 as the price of DDR2 RAM has gone up so damn much. I'm running that with an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition.

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Old 12-18-09, 09:47 AM
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Thanks, that's extremely helpful. I've now updated my wish list to this board and this processor.


Edit: not that I'll necessarily be buying from Amazon, I'm jsut keeping my wish list there. I'll be shopping around at the usual places as well.
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that combo will do you well.

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