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Socket AM2 CPU on AM3+ board?

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Sorry to start a probably very short thread, but I can't seem to find the answer to my problem anywhere. My friend old prebuilt HP Pavillion went kaboom recently and the problem is most likely the motherboard. He can't afford an entire new PC so he thought of buying whatever he needs to fix this one. It has a dual core Athlon 64 300+ CPU. He came to me for help and I've heard something about running older socket CPUs on newer boards but I have no idea what the source of that info could be and whether I should trust it or not. He would like to upgrade the CPU later when he can afford it, thet's why having a newer socket MB would be nice.
The main problem I see is RAM compatibility as AM2 socket is paired with DDR2, but AM3+ boards all have DDR3 only.
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The main problem I see is RAM compatibility as AM2 socket is paired with DDR2, but AM3+ boards all have DDR3 only.

You are correct.... AM2 processors have only a DDR2 memory controller, and therefore will not work on any DDR3 motherboard.
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