questionswill this processor work in this barebone?

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AM2+ is backwards compatible with most AM2 sockets, i.e. your Brisbane. So in essence it should work.

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@xarous: Thank you so much! I like to think of myself as pretty tech-savvy, but I didn't know if it would work or not.

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@thefenst: No worries. am2+ was built of the success of the am2 and in doing so, in most cases, support those am2 chips. There were just "special new" features that the newer am2+ chips "unlocked".

Now I say most cases...there have always been rare times when a mobo that is suppose to support just doesn't like it. In that case send it my way and get you a new one. :)