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Hello,

I'm an Intel man but my buddy gave me this sketchy gateway that I was able to salvage a AMD Athlon 64 X2 socket AM2 processor.

My buddy was barely able to get the computer to boot, if the heatsink was screwed down too hard it would not boot, if it was on there very loosely it would boot.

Shortly after receiving the machine the motherboard died and despite our best efforts to revive it we were unable to bring it back to life. We ruled that the mobo was dead from a few tests, now I am left with the processor and I want to know if there may be something wrong with it or can I go out and snag a cheap ass AM2 board and slap this guy in and use it for a mediacenter.

Are there any know issues of an AMD chip of my kind causing a machine to not boot if the heatsink was screwed down tight? It wasn't screwed down any tighter than it would be normally.

Is this a common problem?

Is this chip ok?

Even though I'm an Intel guy I think it would be a waste to not put this proc to use afterall it is a dual core and has some computing power that can be very useful.
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post #2 of 15
First check whether it's a 939 or AM2. Google the part number noted on the chip, then shop for the board which will match it.
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post #3 of 15
You should be able to grab a cheap AM2 motherboard and slap it in. There was a 7 dollar one for a while on amazon, but I think their sold out.
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post #4 of 15
i'll take it off your hands if you want to get rid of it so i can complete my htpc

i'll pay all postage hehe
post #5 of 15
the chip should be okay, since i'm using 3 chips of amd am2 socket...
no need to screw it really hard, just adequate force is enough....
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post #6 of 15
Great HTPC processor I would say exact model?
Processor in sig cost me only $10 so we're somewhat in the same range here Cheap AMD K8's ftw
post #7 of 15
Bake that motherboard back to life.
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by damric View Post
Bake that motherboard back to life.
I already dumped it, it was a Gateway mobo anyway, and it was a BTX mobo too so I couldn't put it in any cases that I had (threw out all old cases too).

Where can I get a decent mobo for cheap? I am a fan of Gigabyte mobos as all my PCs are running off them but I am open to other high end makes like ASUS MSI etc.

Could this proc fit in a AM2+ board? because that would be easier to find. When I put my current signature build in a new case (NZXT Phantom) I will have a nice quality case to put this AMD rig in and I would very much like to put this proc to use.
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post #9 of 15
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Got A chance to clean off the thermal grease and found out the model

Its an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ clocked at 2Ghz very nice for free!

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K8/AMD...0CUBOX%29.html
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post #10 of 15
Yes, AM2 will work on an AM2+ board.
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