Question about CPU, GPU and Motherboard compatibility.

Hey everyone, I currently am running a decent rig. It runs most games at mid to high settings. I can run games like WoW at Ultra with about 50-60 fps. Though I've been playing BF3 quite a bit as of late and it's only playable at low settings (which I still fluctuate anywhere between 20-45 fps). Anyway, I'm just thinking that it's about time to upgrade and I was already looking at a few parts.

These are the parts I have currently:

Motherboard: nForce 780i SLI
GPU: GeForce GTX 285
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.00 ghz

The parts I'm looking to get (hopefully without replacing the motherboard):

GPU: GeForce GTX 660 3GB FTW Sig2 / GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW
CPU: I'm actually not quite sure and this is where my question comes in. Will my motherboard only be compatible with Intel CPU's? Or can I go with an AMD? I just want to grab something that won't bottleneck my GPU too bad or at all. As you can tell, I'm really looking to make a pretty big jump in regards to an upgrade.

Will these parts even be compatible with my current motherboard? As well, can nForce 780i SLI's support DDR3? I can't seem to get a straight answer. Some say absolutely not, some say it should.

Thanks a bunch for your time!
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  1. First it's socket 775, Intel, so would need an appropriate CPU like the Q9650, Q9550, etc, you don't list the mobo manufacturer (i.e. XFX, EVGA, Asus, etc, could be a straight nVidia, but go to the manufacturers site and it will have a list of all compatible CPUs (or should)...off hand I think there was 1 mobo that could use either 4 sticks of DDR2 or 2 of DDR3, but don't remember for sure, most all took straight DDR2 in 800, a few up to 1066
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