One of the most attractive features of AMD’s newest Athlon II and Phenom II processors (including the hot new six-core Phenom II X6 1090T) is that they’re backwards compatible with AM2+ and AM3 sockets. If you’ve bought or built an AMD-computer within the past two or three years, that means you might be able to use the new chips.
Upgrading your processor is actually a surprisingly easy task. We posted a series of video tutorials just last year on how to build your own computer, and swapping in a new processor is basically the same process. Before you try it, check around online and with your manufacturer to see if the new chips:
- are compatible with your board
- if you’ll need to update your BIOS (motherboard software)
- if your manufacturer will be issuing a BIOS update
Before you know it, your dual-core computer might be running on six new cores.
- DesktopReview’s How to Build Your Own Desktop Computer video series, Part I
- DesktopReview’s How to Build Your Own Desktop Computer video series, Part II
- DesktopReview’s How to Build Your Own Desktop Computer video series, Part III