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kate0558

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Would this motherboard work and is it a a good choice...

MSI 870S-G46 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130590


for use with this Processor:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103727


Good choice?

Not sure what to look for in MoBo's



Also I already have a Saphire ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 graphics card in a pci express slot... would like the option to put in a second graphics card.

THANKS!
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Hi kate0558.

Your selected Mobo is Socket AM3, consider changing it to a Socket AM3+, It will still support your selected CPU but will allow you in the future to upgrade to the next release Bulldozer CPU from AMD.

Here is your board and 3 others to consider.

> http://www.newegg.co...4^13-131-754-TS

Info. > http://www.articlesb...l#axzz1RCFCD3HL
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So an AM3 socket processor will fit in an AM3+ MOBO but an AM3+ processor wont fit in an AM3 Mobo?

Also then should the CPU cooler correspond with the socket type on the processor or the motherboard?

I was under the idea that they all had to match. Thanks!
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Hi kate0558.

Your selected Mobo is Socket AM3, consider changing it to a Socket AM3+, It will still support your selected CPU but will allow you in the future to upgrade to the next release Bulldozer CPU from AMD.


AM3+ is so new I really wouldn't worry about it yet until more details are available. Any relatively recent board should be able to support it with a BIOS upgrade.

Mechanical compatibility has been confirmed and it's possible (key word) AM3+ CPUs will work in AM3 boards, provided they can supply enough peak current. Use of AM3+ CPUs in AM3 boards may not be officially supported by AMD.
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So an AM3 socket processor will fit in an AM3+ MOBO but an AM3+ processor wont fit in an AM3 Mob


That is correct.

I was under the idea that they all had to match. Thanks!


That is correct. Cooler/heatsink to match CUP and CPU Socket to match Motherboard.
Boxed Retail CPUs come with the correct cooler/heatsink. The only time you need to be careful is when fitting a after market cooler/heatsink, (which voids the CPU warranty) making sure it is compatible with the CPU socket.

Info. >
http://news.softpedi...-Sockets-4.jpg/

Info. >
http://www.geforce.c...les/sli-for-amd

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OPINION.

Any relatively recent board should be able to support it with a BIOS upgrade.


This seems to be the case except that some manufacturers have been ambiguous with there wording for "support" and all features may not be available with a BIOS update.

Use of AM3+ CPUs in AM3 boards may not be officially supported by AMD.


True but conversely they have not stated it will not be supported. If there was a major issue, it would do AMD immense damage.
I can't see the Mobo makers investing some much if there was a likely hood of there being problems.
Even with the ifs and buts, most "professional" reviews think the extra cost for the AM3+ motherboards is worth it.

My take. If building a budget everyday PC, older tech. If anything else, the newer tech, without going overboard.
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