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Question about mobo and CPU compatibility

#1DarkKnight0458Posted 2/3/2014 3:34:32 AM
Okay, so I have a motherboard that's a couple of years old at this point, maybe 3 or 4 years old. It's a Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P that's rated as AM3/AM2+. Right now I've got a AMD triple core that I've unlocked into what DXDiag calls a Phenom II X4 B40, but it's only 3.0 GHz. What's the best series of CPU that I could choose from to upgrade?

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU and GPU soon and am not sure about my real options considering the age of my motherboard. I have a 650w PSU and 8 GB of what I think is slower-than-average-but-servicable RAM, so I was looking to save the money on RAM and just upgrade the two components.
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#2thebladeofwoePosted 2/3/2014 3:39:13 AM
I believe, anything in the FX series would be ok as they support AM3+ (I believe so anyway)

and what GPU do you have ATM?
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#3-5xad0w-Posted 2/3/2014 3:48:12 AM
You would be limited to AM3 cpu's.

Which are kind of on their way out, Newegg carries a single chip for example and it's a single core.
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#4DarkKnight0458(Topic Creator)Posted 2/3/2014 3:52:32 AM
Well I have an old 4770 from '08. It plays all current gen games perfectly well, albeit not always at 60 FPS with maxed out settings. I use a dual monitor setup and while my monitor is 1920*1080 native, I game on my TV which runs 1360*768 (native anyway, it is capable of 1080p but I feel it looks more blurry than running at native) so I don't really need the beefiest card. That being said, I do like to play on my monitor sometimes so I wouldn't mind upgrading to something modern to enjoy the resolution.
Anyway, I was probably going to get a 7870 or a 760 depending on further research. Any ideas in that regard?

The only other problem is that the FX series is AM3+, right? Isn't there a difference between AM3 and AM3+ that would make it incompatible?
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#5-5xad0w-Posted 2/3/2014 3:57:23 AM
DarkKnight0458 posted...
Well I have an old 4770 from '08. It plays all current gen games perfectly well, albeit not always at 60 FPS with maxed out settings. I use a dual monitor setup and while my monitor is 1920*1080 native, I game on my TV which runs 1360*768 (native anyway, it is capable of 1080p but I feel it looks more blurry than running at native) so I don't really need the beefiest card. That being said, I do like to play on my monitor sometimes so I wouldn't mind upgrading to something modern to enjoy the resolution.
Anyway, I was probably going to get a 7870 or a 760 depending on further research. Any ideas in that regard?

The only other problem is that the FX series is AM3+, right? Isn't there a difference between AM3 and AM3+ that would make it incompatible?


Correct. AM3+ CPU's will not work in an AM3 socket.
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