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AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition mobo compatibility question

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Wondering if my mobo would be compatible with this processor? Not sure the exact board but the computer is an HP m9000t. So first of all, can you upgrade processors on those type of PCs (factory made)? I have upgraded the RAM and the GPU but not sure about CPU's.

Right now I have an Intel Core 2 Duo e6550 (Definitely need to upgrade) in my computer. Sorry for the (hopefully not) stupid question, just not all that savvy with processors.

My second question is if the mobo isn't compatible, can I upgrade? I know you can't overclock processors with a factory made because of the bios but can you upgrade the motherboard? I don't think I've ever read this anywhere so I'm not sure =\\

And lastly, could you reccommend a processor for me if by chance you could upgrade the processor. Thanks!
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Absolutly not, your motherboard is intel, this is an AMD cpu.

You need to have an AM3 Cpu socket in order to use this CPU, your socket is an LGA 775
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Absolutly not, your motherboard is intel, this is an AMD cpu.

You need to have an AM3 Cpu socket in order to use this CPU, your socket is an LGA 775
Ah, thought so. So I'd either have to get a new mother board (if possible) or stick with intel?

*edit*
Wow this sucks...
Edited by thatleftnut - 8/14/11 at 6:42pm
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Your intel CPU really isn't that bad.
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Your only upgrade options would be Core 2 Duo or quad. Again that depends on whether 45nm supoprt is present or not, and the VRM setup/TDP compatibility.
EDIT: According to this spec sheet it will take 65nm core 2 quad (ie Q6600)
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Your intel CPU really isn't that bad.
2 cores clocked at 2.33 Ghz?

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Your only upgrade options would be Core 2 Duo or quad. Again that depends on whether 45nm supoprt is present or not, and the VRM setup/TDP compatibility.
EDIT: According to this spec sheet it will take 65nm core 2 quad (ie Q6600)
Woah, thanks for that link. I'm thinking about just upgrading the motherboard. Quick google search and I found out you can upgrade the motherboard on factory made PCs I just need to buy my own copy of Windows (which I do). How hard would it be finding a mobo that will fit the bill?

Also one last question, if I replace the motherboard will I be able to overclock the processor finally?
Edited by thatleftnut - 8/14/11 at 6:58pm
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Best option is to wait until BD releases and see what's available then. Maybe sit on slickdeals.net for a killer desktop deal.
    
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You can reactivate your Windows by calling Microsoft if you ever have to swap motherboards; not necessarily need to buy new windows, unless you are buying windows 7 upgrading from vista in which case you should.

Are you planning to take on the AM2+/AM3 platform?
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You can reactivate your Windows by calling Microsoft if you ever have to swap motherboards; not necessarily need to buy new windows, unless you are buying windows 7 upgrading from vista in which case you should.

Are you planning to take on the AM2+/AM3 platform?
No I have already upgraded and have Windows 7 so it would be no problem if I had to do a re-install or whatever I'd have to do.

And Yes, I'm thinking of getting an AM3 mobo, if I could get something for a nice price. Upgrading to the Q6600 seems really expensive compared to the Phenom. How much of a problem would size be for looking for new motherboards? That's the only thing that I'd think would be a problem for me. I only have 3 sticks 240 pin ddr2 ram clocked at 667, and the 6 pin PCI-E HD 5750 I mentioned earlier. All pretty standard right? Seems like the only problem for me would be price.

*edit*
This looks pretty good.

Seems to have everything my previous mobo did.
Edited by thatleftnut - 8/14/11 at 8:00pm
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No I have already upgraded and have Windows 7 so it would be no problem if I had to do a re-install or whatever I'd have to do.

And Yes, I'm thinking of getting an AM3 mobo, if I could get something for a nice price. Upgrading to the Q6600 seems really expensive compared to the Phenom. How much of a problem would size be for looking for new motherboards? That's the only thing that I'd think would be a problem for me. I only have 3 sticks 240 pin ddr2 ram clocked at 667, and the 6 pin PCI-E HD 5750 I mentioned earlier. All pretty standard right? Seems like the only problem for me would be price.

*edit*
This looks pretty good.

Seems to have everything my previous mobo did.
Watch craigslist. I bought a ASUS AM3+ mobo the other day for 30$. Buy a 115$ 955BE and voila. 145$. Good to guy. Then buy 45$ worth of ram and BAM. Quad core. Easily overclockable. Expandable to Bulldozer. And 8gigs of 1333 ram! Under 200$. Even purchased all new, you can spend less than 300$ easy. What case do you have? That will determine what motherboard you can fit.

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