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Journeyman III
Journeyman III

Help me find a processor upgrade.

Ok, so i've spent all day calling around places, and looking online, trying to find a compatible processor upgrade for my motherboard. It seems the AM3 socket is fading out.

I bought my Pc around 5 years ago, so i know its gettin pretty old. You can find the specs for my machine here:

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02035413

I upgraded the power supply to a 750 watt corsair, and upgraded the ram to 16GB, also got a video card upgrade years ago. A AMD Radeon HD 6770.

So for quick refrence, my motherboards model number is M2N78-LA (Violet6)

Currently running a AMD Athlon II X2 240e wich came with the pc.

Support website shows what i need to keep in mind when upgrading, but i'm not very computer literate.

Processor upgrade information

This motherboard supports only AM3 processors

Memory support is limited to DDR3 modules only.

HyperTransport 3.0

Split power planes allow separate power management for CPU and integrated memory controller for improved power savings.

Supports the following processors:

AMD Phenom II X4 9xx/9xxe/8xx Quad-Core (Deneb)

AMD Phenom II X3 7xx/7xxe Triple-Core (Heka)

AMD Phenom II X2 5xx (Callisto)

AMD Athlon II X4 6xx/6xxe (Propus)

AMD Athlon II X3 4xx/4xxe (Rana)

AMD Athlon II X2 2xx/2xxe (Regor)

Thought i could figure it out, but after contacting several ebay sellers with AMD phenom 2 X4 Am3 socket processors, i was told that thier processor would not be compatible with my motherboard.

I'm goin out of my mind here. i know most would say save up for a new comp, and i want to, but it'll take me several months. I just want to spend like 80 bucks or less if possible and get a quad core to tide me over till i can get a different pc. So tired of frame drops and stuttering when i'm trying to record videos fro my youtube channel.

anyone that could link me to a page where i can snag a processor upgrade that will work for me, would be super awesome and would totally make my day. Hoping for a amd phenom 2 X4, but would take an athlon X4.

Thanks in advance

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Help me find a processor upgrade.

Hi chunchasku

According to the manufacturer of your system and motherboard, the following processor upgrades are available to you.

Socket type: AM2

TDP:

Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

  • AMD Athlon X2 (Bt)
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 up to 6000+ (W)
  • AMD Phenom Triple-Core up to 8xxx (AM2+) (Toliman)
  • AMD Phenom Quad-Core 9xxx series (AM2+) up to 9850 (Agena)

For more information, please refer to the following link

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Miniboss
Miniboss

Re: Help me find a processor upgrade.

Matt how can that be when the hp site explicitly states that it has an am3 cpu socket and it lists the generations of cpus supported?

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Motherboard Specifications, M2N78-LA (Violet6) | HP® Customer Support

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Forerunner
Forerunner

Re: Help me find a processor upgrade.

It appears that the pictures of the mobo are slightly different meaning they are likely two different iterations (Revisions) of the same mobo. The later mobo Rev. appears to support specific model AM3 CPUs. You should closely examine the mobo Rev. in your PC to confirm if the later AM3+ CPUs are in fact supported by your PC. If so then those are the only CPUs that you will be able to upgrade to as the mobo BIOS is not designed to support other model CPUs. The Rev. of a mobo is typically printed on the mobo some place. Each mobo company uses a different location.

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