Solved Wrong size cache for CPU upgrade.

July 11, 2012 at 09:24:44
Specs: Windows 7
I have a worry about buying a new CPU for my computer. I currently have a 2MB L3 cache when the processor (AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition) requires a 6MB cache. The L2 cache on my current motherboard fits the requirements but im not sure if the 2MB cache on the L3 would stop the Processor working ? I don't have the cash to buy a new motherboard right now or that would be my solution, so im wondering if i could get away with installing the processors on my current motherboard untill i can get some money for a new motherboard. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks guys.

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July 12, 2012 at 14:39:29
Your board does NOT support the Phenom II. There's no way around it. And it's pointless to upgrade to another 1st gen Phenom. How is it that you can afford $100 for a Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, but you cannot afford a motherboard? Have you considered that if you bought a board instead, you could overclock your current CPU? The X4 9550 is capable of hitting 2.8GHz without much problem.

http://3btech.net/msi78soammow.html

http://www.overclock.net/t/307316/o...



#1
July 11, 2012 at 09:36:15
Maybe you could advice the Motherboard Model, that would at least advise on compatible CPU's available.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
July 11, 2012 at 11:41:13
The motherboard comes standard with the computer, a acer. Im not sure if contacting them would do any good. The video card has been changed, just need a new cpu. It all works out with the cpu from the checking i have done apart from the size of the L3 cache. Thanks for the help.

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#3
July 11, 2012 at 13:12:56
The cache is built into the CPU, not the motherboard. Whether your board will support that CPU is another story. You should list your system specs & explain what you expect to gain from a CPU upgrade. If you have minimal RAM & are using integrated graphics rather than a discrete video card, your money might be better spent elsewhere. Post the model/model number of your system & it's specs.

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#4
July 11, 2012 at 15:53:32
Aw man, feel like a noob. Thanks for correcting me on that.

The model of the computer is Acer Aspire M5201
I upgraded the graphics card to - GeForce GTX 550 TI Asus version.
Processor - AMD phenom x4 9550 clocked at 2.2.
RAM - 4GB

The motherboard model is - Acer RS780HVF. If that is any use.
The chipset is AMD 780G.

Im a gamer and i need a CPU which can handle more, kinda a budget gaming rig from a PC that i bought. The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition is perfect, if it would work, i am willing to take the risk if i cant find out if it will or not. Thanks man.


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#5
July 11, 2012 at 18:58:25
The specs don't list the Phenom II as being supported, only the 1st generation Phenom:

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/d...


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#6
July 12, 2012 at 02:16:09
Hmm, so i take it i am out of choices, the processor wont work ? Any ideas ? I know i am asking a lot, thanks might have just saved me £100.

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#7
July 12, 2012 at 14:39:29
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Your board does NOT support the Phenom II. There's no way around it. And it's pointless to upgrade to another 1st gen Phenom. How is it that you can afford $100 for a Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, but you cannot afford a motherboard? Have you considered that if you bought a board instead, you could overclock your current CPU? The X4 9550 is capable of hitting 2.8GHz without much problem.

http://3btech.net/msi78soammow.html

http://www.overclock.net/t/307316/o...


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#8
July 12, 2012 at 14:51:47
Okay man, sorry for double posting. That advice is great. I will purchase the motherboard. Thanks man. Hopefully the cooling on my pc will do well if i overclock ! Cheers again.

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#9
December 21, 2012 at 14:24:05
This is not correct. I have Acer RS780HVF AMD 780G motherboard and AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU. Works great for me...

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