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I have a Gaming PC with the following specs:

  • Mainboard: M2N-SLI Deluxe
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+

I want to buy a new CPU, but I am unsure, what is up and down in AMD's CPU series. The mainboard supports the following sockets:

  • AMD® Socket AM2+
  • AM2 Phenom FX (2000MT/s), Phenom (2000MT/s)
  • Athlon 64 X2
  • Athlon 64 FX, Sempron

So which of the above sockets are "better" than the 64 X2?

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Go to a website like and filter the CPU by AMD, then by Socket AM2+, that will get you your choices. – Ramhound Dec 27 '11 at 13:06
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Your best bet is to go to the website of the motherboard, download the newest manual and see the list of supported CPUs (the list may be a separate file in the downloads section).

This way, you'll be sure that the CPU will actually work. Pay special attention to any required BIOS updates! I know of people who got a new CPU, sold the old one and then found out that a BIOS update is needed for the new CPU to work.

One you have list of CPUs that will work, go to AMD's desktop CPU site and compare the CPUs on the supported list.

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Thanks I will do that – Carsten Gehling Dec 27 '11 at 13:28

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