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Hello,

I currently have a zotac gf8200, it supports AM3 processors, but its aimed for AM2+ CPUs, im about to get a phenom x2 550BE, i currently have a 7850BE, should i get a new MB for this new CPU or it will have a good performance?

The MB has HT 3.0.

Thank you for answering.
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If you can wait out longer, you can get Bullodzer once it comes out. If not, then its best to go AM3. I recommend getting a new motherboard, CPU, and memory.

What are you trying to do with your computer? Gaming? Encoding? If you could tell us a little more, then we could be able to help.
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Gaming and programming, i have a very limited budget, so if i could avoid getting a new MB it would be very nice.
Edited by octohedron - 3/12/11 at 7:40pm
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AM3+ boards are already out or will be out.
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What difference could i notice in the upgrade from a AM2+ to an AM3 MB?
I know i could google this, but i just found that the difference would be noticeable if i upgrade the RAM to ddr3, if i were to keep my current DDR2 ram would i notice any improvement?

Well, reading some reviews i see there isnt much difference between DDR2 and DDR3, so i think ill just get the new CPU for now, although a MB with crossfire would be nice...
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If you upgraded to a new motherboard and a CPU (Phenom II line), then it would be a big difference.

Since you're on a tight budget, I suggest to save up and when you do get the chance, go for it. So for now, just save up.

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What difference could i notice in the upgrade from a AM2+ to an AM3 MB?
I know i could google this, but i just found that the difference would be noticeable if i upgrade the RAM to ddr3, if i were to keep my current DDR2 ram would i notice any improvement?
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so your advice is to not get the new CPU until i get the new MB?
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im about to get a phenom x2 550BE, i currently have a 7850BE, should i get a new MB for this new CPU
Isn't your Zotac motherboard an AM2+? Phenom II X2 550BE is an AM3 socket...unless I missed something, you actually require a new motherboard with an AM3 socket to run your new processor.

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Since you're on a tight budget, I suggest to save up and when you do get the chance, go for it. So for now, just save up.
I totally agree with Raisethe3 about saving. With Bulldozer chips coming out soon, we will start to see more am3+ boards come into the market and, eventually, some decent prices on them. Right now, they are top-of-the-line chipsets that will drastically drop in price after 8-12 months of being on the market (especially with increased quanitity). But even more importantly, they'll start to drive the other MB pricings down as well---AM3 boards, for instance.

But if you need the new processor, and don't have a motherboard that is compatible with it, you unfortunately must upgrade your motherboard.

Also: do you live near a Microcenter? If you do, they have a deal where, if you buy a Phenom II x2 560 BE, you can get an AM3 motherboard for $10 (or a few other mb options---like this one for $147.98, which includes the MB and processor---for different, but similar pricing).

This would allow you to run your new AM3 processor and provide you with DDR3 RAM capability while giving you a way to save up for a new, solid quality motherboard in the near future. The motherboards aren't the best around, but they are quite decent for a few months to a year until you could save enough for an upgrade. (I used one of these 'deal' boards for my parents' computer and it runs pretty well even w/ 8GB RAM and a medium-end video card in the pci-e.)
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post #9 of 12
No, the 550BE can run on AM2+ boards provided supported in BIOS (i.e. update it).
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What difference could i notice in the upgrade from a AM2+ to an AM3 MB?
I know i could google this, but i just found that the difference would be noticeable if i upgrade the RAM to ddr3, if i were to keep my current DDR2 ram would i notice any improvement?

Well, reading some reviews i see there isnt much difference between DDR2 and DDR3, so i think ill just get the new CPU for now, although a MB with crossfire would be nice...
If you were running DDR2 1066 and upgraded to DDR3 1333, then no you wouldn't see much of a difference. A jump from 667? Definitely. Go full AM3.
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