939 Motherboard

Can I upgrade my Gateway gt5082 to play the latest games?

I want to play RE5 and GTAIV on my PC, but the processor is too slow. Can I replace the motherboard and/or CPU instead of buying a new system? Could I use the AMD Phenom X4 with this motherboard?

It's socket 939, so no Phenom X4 (although that's no great loss, the original Phenom CPUs are disappointing performers compared to Phenom II and Athlon II).

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,2492.html

You cannot upgrade the motherboard in brand-name machines like Gateway, Dell, Sony, HP etc without buying a whole new copy of Windows. The factory-installed OEM versions of the operating system are "tied" to the original motherboard. It's not just a legal/licensing restriction- the system restore CDs that come with those systems don't support performing a repair install (required whenever a motherboard is upgraded). They also won't run if the motherboard has changed, so you can't even reformat and reinstall. You're free to upgrade your CPU to the fastest model supported by that motherboard without problems, but a motherboard upgrade requires a fresh start on the OS side.

On generic systems with retail copies of Windows, you don't have this limitation.

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