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09-08-08, 20:01
Hi all.................:wve:

Long time, no see ( but I have been busy. But I did mention a few months ago that this is always a busy time of the year for me. Hence not participating in the TR2+ Challenges, posting... etc )

ANYWAY...... EscondeR, Jamie, Spike .... listen and read carefully :D

I have a K8M8MS motherboard (manufacturer is Jetway )
with an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 754 )

MY QUESTION ................... Can I upgrade the CPU to something NEW that will be compatable with my existing motherboard?
I am thinking along the lines of those dual core / quad core CPU's from Intel.
Would this be possible but KEEPING my existing motherboard?

Or do I have to invest in another compatable motherboard too ?

ps. a "welcome back" from all of you would be nice too :yah:

09-08-08, 20:36
From what I can see, there aren't many good options for Socket 754. You definitely won't find any multi-core processors for that socket.

09-08-08, 20:42
irjudd .......

This was my thought as well, but I figured it would be better to ask, just in case there was a way.

I'm guessing I will have to stick with what I have for the moment. boo hoo ! :hea:

09-08-08, 20:46
At the moment you are 3 (4 if you count the 940 server socket) socket versions behind (754>939>AM2>AM2+) which puts you at a disadvantage. At this point I'm thinking an Athlon 3000+ is about as good as you'll find, unless someone else finds something I missed.

09-08-08, 21:09

shows a side by side comparison for your current CPU (on the right) and the AMD Athlon 3700+ (on the left). That is the highest model number of socket 754 processors i could find.

09-08-08, 21:32
:tmb: I checked retailers without checking the manufacturer, silly me! Hopefully you can actually find an Athlon 3700+ for sale somewhere.

09-08-08, 22:04
:tmb: I checked retailers without checking the manufacturer, silly me! Hopefully you can actually find an Athlon 3700+ for sale somewhere.

it wasnt exactly easy to find the processor comparison tool either. they had it in an odd spot that i had to click wildly to find.

Edit: just thought i would mention that if you wanted to go with a multi-core processor of any type, youd need to upgrade your motherboard. On top of that, a mother board will support EITHER amd OR intel - not both (depends on the socket type on the board. For intel, I'd go with an LGA 775, for intel - check irjudd's post.

09-08-08, 23:43
And if you end up wanting a recommendation, I still would go for AMD for the sake of price/performance being a little better balanced than Intel chips right now.

In my opinion, finding a socket AM2 motherboard would probably be the most economical choice, and then putting an Athlon X2 5400+ or 6000+ in it. Were I to build another up to date machine on a modest budget, thats what I'd personally put into it.

10-08-08, 07:56
:tmb: Thanks for all the info guys. Again, I had a feeling that my mobo was AMD specific. I am not looking for a "top end" machine, just trying to stay in or near the current generation instead of being a great-great-great-grandparent !
I am still thinking along the lines of quad core, but I am not too bothered which CPU manufacturer I buy from, AMD or Intel. I have tended to lean to AMD in the past though.( irjudd's recommendation noted :) )
Time to start filling up the piggy bank again then.

11-08-08, 07:29
To put my 2c here :)

Go for decent AM2+ Mobo with Athlon 64 x2 (at least) and compatible RAM.
Asustek AM2+ GeForce 8200 ATX DDR2 AUDIO LAN (http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=53Y8&CategorySelectedId=11143&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11143,418610000,50626)

AMD PhenomX4 9850 BLACK EDITION AM2+ 2.5GHz 4MB CACHE (http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=535H&CategorySelectedId=11147&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11147,4294953166,420660000&InMerch=1)

OCZ Technology 2x1GB 240DIMM PC2-6400 DDR2 Gold (http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4KZC&CategorySelectedId=11150&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11150,4294952421,50121,48800000)

Will take about $200 of you.