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I've been out of the loop for a while now but I've been looking to rebuild my PC. I've been looking at this CPU but I just realized its AM2+. I wanted to get an AM3 mobo but I won't be able to if I stick with this CPU, right? I was hoping to save ~$30 by going with it. I can't remember if the AM2/AM3 sockets are backward compatible etc.

Can someone refresh my memory? I'm also open to other build suggestions. I'm basically aiming at a 3.0Ghz or higher quad for gaming purposes.
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So am2+ chips do not work in am3 mobo's but am3 chips will work in am2+ mobo's (as long as manufacturer supports the newer chips)

Hope this helps.
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What budget where you looking at for your build?
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by TheDoug View Post
So am2+ chips do not work in am3 mobo's but am3 chips will work in am2+ mobo's (as long as manufacturer supports the newer chips)

Hope this helps.
Other way around.

AM2+ Mobo = No AM3 CPU
AM3 Mobo = Go ahead, get the AM3
    
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So am2+ chips do not work in am3 mobo's but am3 chips will work in am2+ mobo's (as long as manufacturer supports the newer chips)

Hope this helps.
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What budget where you looking at for your build?
I don't have a set budget, I want a nice gaming rig but price/performance is important.
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most am3 work in am2+ sockets, where as am2+ don't work in am3 IIRC
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most am3 work in am2+ sockets, where as am2+ don't work in am3 IIRC
Oh, I never knew that. Disregard my last post.
    
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Other way around.

AM2+ Mobo = No AM3 CPU
AM3 Mobo = Go ahead, get the AM3
Sorry mate, but thats wrong. It's AM2+ because it will take an AM3 CPU.
    
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Sorry mate, but thats wrong. It's AM2+ because it will take an AM3 CPU.
That is correct
AM2+ boards support both AM3 and AM2
AM3 boards only support AM3 cpu's
AM2 boards only support AM2 cpu's
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Originally Posted by snelan View Post
Other way around.

AM2+ Mobo = No AM3 CPU
AM3 Mobo = Go ahead, get the AM3
am2+ does take am3 cpus
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