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Windows 7: Upgrading my motherboard but I have old hardware

15 Jul 2014   #1
WarlockSpringel

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Upgrading my motherboard but I have old hardware

I have really old hardware (CPU, GPU, check my specs). If I were to upgrade my motherboard, from that old M3A78-CM to one that supports AM3+ proccesors, what hardware components do I have to upgrade as well (again, check my specs).


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15 Jul 2014   #2
WarlockSpringel

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm planning on buying the Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P. It says that it supports Athlon X2, so my processor will work on that motherboard, right?
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17 Jul 2014   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would think just the memory, if the new board uses ddr3, check the specs.

If the board supports your cpu, then yes it will work.

Did you change your mind on getting the AM3+ ?
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18 Jul 2014   #4
WarlockSpringel

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I would think just the memory, if the new board uses ddr3, check the specs.

If the board supports your cpu, then yes it will work.

Did you change your mind on getting the AM3+ ?
Nope.
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18 Jul 2014   #5
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Your processor does appear on the compatibility list provided by gigabyte for this motherboard so in theory, yes it should work with the motherboard you have chosen.

Source: GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Socket AM3+ - AMD 760G - GA-78LMT-S2P (rev. 3.1)

Your memory however may cause issue as it is DDR2 and the motherboard supports DDR3.

Hope that helps
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19 Jul 2014   #6
WarlockSpringel

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phill3990 View Post
Your processor does appear on the compatibility list provided by gigabyte for this motherboard so in theory, yes it should work with the motherboard you have chosen.

Source: GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Socket AM3+ - AMD 760G - GA-78LMT-S2P (rev. 3.1)

Your memory however may cause issue as it is DDR2 and the motherboard supports DDR3.

Hope that helps
Harddrives can be supported by every motherboard, right?
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19 Jul 2014   #7
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes most hard drives are SATA which most motherboards have connections for. In this case, your chosen motherboard has 6 SATA connections so as long as your hard drive has a SATA connector it will work perfectly. Hope that helps . P.s for reference here is a picture of a SATA connector

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19 Jul 2014   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hope I'm not too late but whatever you do, do not buy that motherboard. Other than having an AM3+ socket on it, it is older than what you currently have.

@ Phill3990, might want to look at that list again. There is no way that an AM2 CPU will work on an AM3+ board as the CPU does not support DDR3.

WarlockSpringel, if you're looking to upgrade, you're looking at a new build. Your current CPU won't work on an AM3+ board, and you would also need new memory.
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20 Jul 2014   #9
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

oooooh damn that's my bad didn't see the tiny writing in the top left. Was only trying to help, hope I didn't cause any problems . Will refrain from advising in the future as i'm still learning. Again so sorry if I caused any issues.
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20 Jul 2014   #10
WarlockSpringel

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Hope I'm not too late but whatever you do, do not buy that motherboard. Other than having an AM3+ socket on it, it is older than what you currently have.

@ Phill3990, might want to look at that list again. There is no way that an AM2 CPU will work on an AM3+ board as the CPU does not support DDR3.

WarlockSpringel, if you're looking to upgrade, you're looking at a new build. Your current CPU won't work on an AM3+ board, and you would also need new memory.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phill3990 View Post
oooooh damn that's my bad didn't see the tiny writing in the top left. Was only trying to help, hope I didn't cause any problems . Will refrain from advising in the future as i'm still learning. Again so sorry if I caused any issues.
Nah, it's okay. I was asking if it'll support my current CPU so that I can put it in the new new motherboard and then upgrade the CPU later. I haven't done anything yet.
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