Originally Posted by meedo;15375485
I bought a HP computer a while back for around 600 bucks. I upgraded the case, and put in a new power supply and graphics card and it runs great. For x-mas I want to get the AMD FX-8150. The possessor in my PC now is the Phenom II x4 840T which is most likely an AM3 socket. I am still using the stock motherboard that was in the original HP PC. Now my question is, with my motherboard having the same socket as the CPU, can I upgrade to this new CPU without having to get a new motherboard? Will this mother
board limit my capabilities with my new CPU? Thanx all
The board you have is an AM3 socket but know that a 8150 is an AM3+
socket. It's been said a few AM3 boards will support the 8150 and other AM3+ chips with a BIOS upgrade.
Physically the 8150 will drop right in but won't be useable with your system as is.
In the case of a few AM3 boards it's been said that a BIOS update will let it work but I can't comfirm that, it will take someone who's already done it and has a 8150 or similar AM3+ chip working with it to confirm it. I'd stick with your present chip & board or simply get an AM3+ board along with a 8150 to know it's gonna work either way.
BTW the chip you have (Phenom II x4 840T) is actually a Thuban chip with two cores locked. With a good AM3/AM3+ board it's possible to unlock those cores and have a six core Thuban - Note I said possible
, not guaranteed since unlocking cores is a crapshoot.
Some will some won't unlock but doesn't hurt to try it. If you do and it works, you got one or two free cores
but if it doesn't boot at all, simply clear CMOS and redo your BIOS settings to recover.