yes . but motherboard is able to run other "am3" chips and was marketed as "am3 ready" .... thought about ssd , but was wanting to avoid full reinstall of windows until next build , cause i am getting old as well and no longer seem to have the patience to wipe and reload like i used to.
also sticky link to cpu list seems broken , keep getting 404 error when clicking on it
I know the 3.8 bios brought support for the PhenomIIx6 chips which are AM3 as well , but can't find any info on the 3.9 bios other than its download link and release date
edit .. no longer use maxtor as boot/system drive , upgraded to WD black (changed sig to update)
not really noticing perfomance decline , just want to run some newer games that are cpu intensive and trying to put off new build until I see the next Intel chips come out , pretty much done with amd cpu's for now , sad to say , but with bulldozer price/perfomance has gone down.