Ok, I have this motherboard. (Click Here) Don't worry, I'm not messing with you.
Currently I have a Celeron D Processor 360. I want to get a dual-core processor. But when i checked the motherboard's site, they are giving me mixed signals.
Now from what I hear, you can have a 45nm processor for a MB that supports 65nm since they both use LGA 775. But I also heard that it won't work if you don't have BIOS upgrade. Well from this site, they only have a BIOS upgrade for a E4500.
So I guess my ultimate question is, judging from what MB I have, can you computer gurus tell me what is the best possible processor I can get for my MB.
My other PC specs.
CPU 3.46 GHz
RAM 2.0 GB
Windows XP Pro SP2
ATI Radeon HD 512 MB
720 GB Hard Drive Space. (Multiple HDDs)(1 x 500 GB)
Hope that is enough to help you guys help me. If you need more info just ask.
The 945G revision 2 (and in your case revision3) boards support a very limited number of C2D processors. Absolutely no Quads on the 945G. Only the C2D processors listed are supported, no 45nm. Most 945G do not support C2D period.
945/945G = Revision 1 MB's do not support C2D period, voltage regulators do not support C2D. Revision 2 (upgraded VR's) do support a limited number of Conroe C2D processors (witness OP's MB). No Quads (Conroe 65nm C2Q) are supported Period. No 45 nm support.
965/965G = C2D support plus Penryn C2Q's. 45nm Penryn has issues as I understand. I have not tried 45nm on mine.
I have both a 945G and 965P I currently run and maintain.