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Topic Title: CPU advice
Topic Summary: marrying a asus mobo AM2+ with phenom 2
Created On: 03/21/2009 10:29 AM
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 03/21/2009 10:29 AM
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gavthechav
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Looking to purchase a phenom AM2+ cpu for a ASUS M3N78 pro mobo.

Know mobo's come with BIOS, somtimes old, somtimes new....

I would and could use an AM3+ but...

Is it @ all possible to use a backwards compatible AM3+ phenom (I have no old cpu with same skt) in my mobo and get into BIOS to flash it to latest version with pen drive so it will recognise latest AM3+ processor?

notice I have 2 cpu's mentioned, but if it can't be done with AM3+, can anyone advise a decent AM2+ cpu (phenom) neither 8000 or 9000 series though!

Ideally 2.5 Ghz thereabout's. with low thermal conductivity ie 95 watt's?

Thanks in advance!!!
 03/22/2009 01:18 AM
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batuchka
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Err any Phenom 2 would POST with AM2+ mobos even on older BIOS IIRC with the 'cpu unrecognized' message. Depending on
a) Need for multi GPU and
b) Plans to Overclock
There could be many AM3 P2 X3 710/720BE combos i have in mind

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