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AMD sockets


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System Name AMD
Processor AMD/Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+ (3.2 GHz)
Motherboard Gigabyte/GA-MA770-DS3/Socket AM2+/AMD 770 and SB600 chipset/Rev 1.0
Cooling Noctua/NH-C12P/120mm Fan
Memory PQI/DDR2/2 x 2GB/800MHz 128 bit (dual channel)
Video Card(s) Sapphire/HD4870/512MB/256 bit/GDDR5
Storage WD/120GB/7200rpm/8MB/PATA (For Windows) and WD/320GB/7200rpm/16MB/SATA 2.0 (for Games)
Display(s) Samsung/SyncMaster 920n/LCD/19''
Case Antec/900
Audio Device(s) Creative/Soundblaster 24bit live
Power Supply Corsair/HX620W
Software Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1/Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

I am looking for a new CPU but can't decide which is proper for my MB. I got confused with AMD's sockets. AM2, AM2+, AM3 what is the difference between them. When checking the Gigabyte's website I can't find AM3 ready logo near specifications for my MB anymore although it used to have one earlyer. So if I bought any AM3 CPU on the market today and probably in the near future will it work without any downgrades or limitations?
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Processor i7 4770K Haswell, watercooled
Motherboard Asus Z87-C2 Maximus VI Formula
Cooling Fuzion V1, MCW60/R2, DDC1/DDCT-01s top, PA120.3, EK200, 3× D12SL-12, liquid metal TIM
Memory 2× 8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600
Video Card(s) between GPUs
Storage Samsung 840Pro 256@178GB + 4× WD Red 2TB in RAID10 + LaCie Blade Runner 4TB
Display(s) HP ZR30w 30" 2560×1600 (WQXGA) H2-IPS
Case Lian Li PC-A16B
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Mouse Logitech PM MX / Contour RollerMouse Red+
Keyboard Logitech diNovo Edge / Logitech Elite Keyboard from 2006
Software W10 x64
Benchmark Scores yes
Socket AM2 boards support DDR2 RAM only and AM2/AM2+ CPUs, Hypertransport 1.0.
Socket AM2+ boards support DDR2 RAM only and AM2+/AM3 CPUs, supports Hypertransport 3.0.
Socket AM3 boards support DDR3 only and AM3 CPUs only, supports Hypertransport 3.0.

AM3 CPUs work in AM2+ and AM3 sockets, with DDR2 and DDR3 RAM respectively. AM3 will be AMD's desktop CPU socket for the next 1½ years. No socket updates until late 2010 or 2011.

AM3 CPUs should work in your board.
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