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Created On: 01/31/2010 07:55 PM
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 01/31/2010 07:55 PM
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Currently I have an Pentium 4 3.2 running at 3.5, Asus P4P800 SE Motherboard, an ATI Radeontm X800 (AGP - not sure which one it is), 4 GB of PC2700 or 3200 memory, a Sata drive, and a 32 bit Windows 7.

I would really like to upgrade my system to an affordable (older?) AMD CPU that is capable of running the 64 bit Windows 7, utilize my existing memory, Sata drive, and video card.
I was looking at using a 939 socket CPU. However, I am confused what processors will work with my existing components. I was also thinking of using an Asus A8V motherboard.
It would be nice to have a Board and cpu that ran my components but also utilized a Sata 3gb. I doubt I am that lucky though.

Can anyone offer suggestions about a combo, and also explain what processor families will work with my existing parts?

Thanks for the help.
 02/01/2010 04:58 AM
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If you find a socket 939 motherboard, any socket 939 A64 CPU will work, including most of the Opteron socket939 CPU's. If you have PC2700 you will need to downclock the RAM to 333MHz, as s939 runs 400MHz(PC3200) by default. The P4p800 uses and AGP slot, so you need to find a board with AGP if you want to use your X800. The A8V Deluxe is a good board, the A8V-VM is not and has no AGP slot.

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 02/01/2010 10:49 PM
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Are Opteron the later of the 939 socket processors? Is it possible to run a dual core on this socket? Or, should I just settle with the 64 bit processor?
 02/02/2010 12:24 AM
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There are s940, s939 and AM2 Opterons. s939 Dual core CPUs will work.

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 02/02/2010 01:04 AM
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when choosing a dual core processor, does the Motherboard have to support it (Asus A8V) or will windows detect it?

Thanks for your help on this. It's much appreciated.
 02/02/2010 03:00 AM
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Yes and yes.

Link for Asus A8V s939 CPU support list

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