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What processor can i use?

Hey! I have a optiplex 780 mini tower. I have upgraded everything except the CPU. It's got a e8400 in it. The tech guide says i can go all the way up to a Q8300. Can i go higher? Could i use an i3 or an i5? And would the Q8300 would a SIGNIFICANT upgrade over the E8400 3 ghz?

And if anybody is wondering, i have a GTX 750 ti and 4 gb of ram
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  1. 1. Can I go higher?
    a) no.
    2. Could I use an i3 or i5?
    a) no.
    3. Would the Q8300 be a significant upgrade?
    a) yes, but still awful. It would be a waste of money.
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=955&cmp[]=9
  2. Socket 775 does not support any Core i series processors, an i3 or i5 would be incompatible. And an upgrade to the Q8300 would still only get you in the ranks of today's lower end processors.

    Maybe this (though it's synthetic benchmark :P) would help you get a better idea: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=1610&cmp[]=955
  3. anxiousinfusion said:
    Socket 775 does not support any Core i series processors, an i3 or i5 would be incompatible. And an upgrade to the Q8300 would still only get you in the ranks of today's lower end processors.

    Maybe this (though it's synthetic benchmark :P) would help you get a better idea: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=1610&cmp[]=955

    i know. Im not trying to build a next gen high quality super computer. Would the q8300 be worth $60?
  4. Entomber said:
    1. Can I go higher?
    a) no.
    2. Could I use an i3 or i5?
    a) no.
    3. Would the Q8300 be a significant upgrade?
    a) yes, but still awful. It would be a waste of money.
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=955&cmp[]=9


    Dude, the e8400 isn't awful. In fact, i have seen i3 CPUs that aren't as good. The e8400 is decent
  5. Best answer
    If I were in your situation, I would only pay 10-20 dollars for an Ebay/Craigslist Q8300. What's the model of your computer? There are quad core socket 775 processors.
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