AM2+ to AM3 upgrade question

Hey guys here are my specs.
AMD 64 X2 4600+
WINDSOR AM2 socket
nforce 720a chipset.
xfx nvidia 9500gt
bios american megatrends inc.
my question is what cpu can I upgrade to that will give me a good boost on this computer?
im going to also be buying a new card in a few months as well.
how hard if this board will allow me is it to upgrade it to handle am3 cpu.
 

Cobalt006

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Who is the manufacture of your motherboard? You can not upgrade the CPU to AM3. If the board was designed for AM 2. You would have to replace the motherboard.
 
Xfx nvidia board. I was doing some research and some people were saying you can use an am3 on a am2+ board but you would need to upgrade the bios. is this True?
 

mailpup

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TS Special Forces
It depends. You need to go to the motherboard manufacturer's website and check the list of compatible CPUs for your motherboard. If the one you want is listed, there should be a BIOS version you can use to update your motherboard.
 
The list I found for xfx nvidia boards show it supports am2, am2+, and am3. all the am3 cpu are the phenom x3 and x4. I have american megatrends bios.
 

cliffordcooley

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Which motherboard do you have? All we can give is general advice unless we know specifically which board you have.