Backward compatible mobo?

December 16, 2009 at 13:48:56
Specs: Windows 7
Quick question...
I want to upgrade my pc, but dont have the cash for all of it at once. I have an AMD 64 x2, but want the i7 920. Can I buy a x58 chipset mobo and still use my cpu till I can afford the i7?
I just thought of something else too...
Im guessing I would have to buy ddr3 ram also. ddr3 mobo's arent backward compatible are they?

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#1
December 16, 2009 at 13:54:22
No, no chance whatsoever. What you do is create a stash fund for your new machine. Start with taking the money you would spend on an x58 motherboard and add to it as you would buy the cpu, memory, and so forth.

By the time you accumulate say, $800, you'll find out you can buy better stuff for less money.

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#2
December 16, 2009 at 13:58:39
You must be kidding, right? They are not even the same brand of CPU. The answer is no.

On another note, buying a system piecemeal is not a good idea. computer hardware changes rapidly.

You will need to have the cash to buy a motherboard, CPU with cooler, RAM, and possible a new power supply.


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#3
December 16, 2009 at 14:09:25
Oh that's true... haha I feal dumb now. Thanks for that.. :)
I dont even know what I was thinking with mixing intel and amd mobos. But even if I had an intel cpu I still wasnt sure about the compatibility.
So the only difference between the x55 and x58 chipset are the architecture of the cpu right? Im still trying to learn the details of a mobo.

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#4
December 16, 2009 at 14:22:25
Another option is u can buy am3 board plus ddr3 ram and later u can upgrade cpu and buy new graphic card(i heard amd will release 6 core cpu on am3 socket)

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#5
December 16, 2009 at 14:38:56
Yeah thats true... and I heard that also. Does the am3 have triple ddr3 socket?

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#6
December 16, 2009 at 14:47:02
Triple ddr3 socket?Triple ddr3 slots,right now amd doesn't support triple channel only intel support. There is no need for board manufacture to install 3 ram slots on am3 board.

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#7
December 16, 2009 at 15:13:50
So then I would want to go with intel. I do a lot of multi tasking. Or does it really make that much of a difference?

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#8
December 16, 2009 at 15:55:59
I think soon(next year) amd will support triple channel,u do alot of multi tasking,go 4 quad core cpu.There are cheaper quad/triple core cpu from amd 4 $100 (athlon II x4,athlon II x3)

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#9
December 16, 2009 at 16:05:34
It's rarely a smart move to buy top of the line, bleeding edge technology. If you build a Core i7 system, you will pay out the a$$ for it.

What's wrong with your A64 X2 system? You didn't list anything about it so we have no way to compare. BTW, DDR3/triple channel RAM has little to do with multitasking.


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#10
December 16, 2009 at 16:34:01
Yeah you guys are probably right there. Well here are my specs from what I can remember. Im at work now, so I cant check.
Windows 7
amd 64x2
4gig ddr2 800 ram
gigabyte pci express 1.0 mobo (Dont remember the model off hand)
geforce 8600 gts 512mb ddr3
540 psu (again dont know details on this off hand)

The reason I want to upgrade is because I like to mutli task and play games at the same time. It seems to run games fine now, but on medium-high settings. Im guessing just getting a 2.0 pci mobo and better video card would help a lot, but I mine as well go all out... :)


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#11
December 16, 2009 at 16:46:44
How can you play games at full screen and do anything else?

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#12
December 16, 2009 at 16:55:42
alt tab. I like doing more than one thing at once. Like right now... Im trouble shooting on the phone also.

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#13
December 16, 2009 at 18:03:50
You probably don't play shoot em up games do you?

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#14
December 16, 2009 at 18:44:12
haha no Im currently playing Aion.

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#15
February 3, 2010 at 02:01:38
If you haven't already started, I'd go w/ a asus quad too. You can get a mobo/ram/processor for $310 on newegg vs. an i7 mobo. Or you could just buy
AM3 mobo like: m4a79xtd - $85
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 925 $140
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws PC3 12800 $85

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