I'm a tad on the thick side when it comes to technology recently so I would appreciate some help please. I currently have the following set up:-
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Socket AM2+ 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3 AMD 770 Socket AM2+ 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
Kingston 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 Hyperx Genesis Memory CL5(5-5-5-15) 2.2V
ATI Radeon HD4650 1GB DDR3
However the connection for the heatsink to the motherboard has snapped off. I therefore need to buy a new motherboard.
Is it true I can ONLY use DDR2 memory with this CPU? That I can not upgrade to a compatible board with DDR3 memory? I was told the memory controller is embedded in the CPU so I'm stuck with DDR2 and I want conformation that this is accurate please.
And - if unfortunately it is true, can you even still get boards that support AM2+ and DDR2 memory? Because I can't seem too find any on Ebuyer, annd wouldn't really know where else too look. I live in the United Kingdom (UK). If any one has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.
Yes I know this is an old system I built it in 2008, and until the heatsink snapped off the motherboard it did everything I wanted it to do and played the games I own just fine. (I wouldn't try any of the latest games tho, I'm not that daft)
I will personally be upgrading, but I'd like to get this old one back on its feet as it would be ideal for my son whose just getting into basic gaming on steam. So any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.