Originally Posted by MyOverclockName
I am building a rig for my mom (and later for myself), and I have bought all of the parts except for the mobo and the cpu.
Relating to this article, my question is:
Will the "new" 65nm/45nm chips fit on a 90nm mobo if I buy now? Or will I have to upgrade again for each process?
Will the current AM2 mobo take the "new" DDR3 ram when it is available, as well as the current DDR2? I read an Anandtech article that said the new socket F series will support both formats and I was wondering if the AM2 will support both as well. I've already bought DDR2 and just crossed my fingers that the future DDR3 will go in when its time to upgrade.
Any CONSTRUCTIVE input would be appreciated.
Danny, I suggest the following:
If you must upgrade now, do so without hesitation. Reading the following:
Probably the most attractive reason to buy an AM2 system is AMD's strategy to stay with a certain socket for some time to enable simple processor upgrades and allow users to "drop in" a newer generation CPU down the road.
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article, you will be able to drop in a 65nm AMD chip when they are released. Whether or not DDR3 will be supported is a different story. Chances are, DDR3 will use the same pin configuration as DDR2 (Current speculation), and with the integrated memory controller of AMD, a new processor (their 65nm versions) will be needed to support DDR3. In other words, if you buy an AM2 motherboard now, you will probably not need to upgrade it for a long time.
If you can wait, take a look ate the Official Conroe link in my signature. Conroe is looking like a monster, but you must look at it with a grain of salt. If DDR3 comes out, Intel will need a whole new motherboard, and *maybe* new CPUs to support it. Also, as of today, no one knows how well AMD's K8L (65nm) processors will perform.
Your straight answer is:
If you need to upgrade now, do it. All you will need is DDR3 memory and a new Processor to support DDR3. K8L might beat out Conroe and support DDR3 at the same time.
If you can afford to wait, wait for Conroe. It will be the best processor out until K8L, which may or may not beat it. However, you will need DDR3, a new motherboard, and possibly a new processor to support DDR3.
First post edited. New benchmarks and news included.