Intel i3 compatible with MCP73 motherboard?

Hello,
I am thinking about buying a intel i3 processor for my desktop. But I would like to know if it is compatible with my desktop before buying it. I have searched the internet and found that there is the problem of how it will fit in the motherboard PINs.
Also I do not want to touch my processor since I do not have any idea how to handle it. YET
1. I also came to find that that all intel processors can be replaced with newer processors with no problems at all which I would like to know if that were true.

2. I have an Acer Aspire M1641 with a Nvidia MCP73 motherboard if my sources are correct, with Windows 7 Home Premium. I would like to know if the i3 processor is compatible with this motherboard?

3. I have tried looking through the motherboard vs processor compatibility in the intel website but my motherboard was found to be not listed.

Additional Information
BIOS: American Megatrends INC. Version - R01-B0
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 9500GT
Graphic interface: PCI Express
-max. supported: x16
DDR2


Thanks!
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  1. Nvidia MCP73 motherboard is LGA 775 and core i3 use LGA 1156/1155
  2. ok, what is LGA????
  3. what do you mean definition LGA ...? just code Land - Grid - Array technology (pinhole of socket )
    get like : Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425
  4. ok, so just to make it clear that means that the i3 is not compatible with my motherboard?
  5. yep :)
  6. dang, so do you happen to know what is the best processor that my motherboard is able to to be compatible with??
    and in advance thanks for helping me with this problem! ><
  7. Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad Processor
    Intel Q9300 Core 2 Quad Processor
    Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad Processor
    You can check detail in intel site : www.ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=33923
  8. Thank you soo much!

    I am getting mixed up with all of the names and is the core 2 duo the same with the intel pentium dual? Or does it not matter as long as they processor fits in a LGA 775

    Also I know that the number of GHz depends on how fast the computer works, but does the # of core processors multiply that?
  9. high clock and * core + hyperthread + much RAM size will be faster
  10. Thanks again,
    also you didn't answer my questio nearlier and I would like to have it in "writting" that it does not matter as long as the processor fits in a LGA 775, correct? being kinda paranoid, dont wana order the wrong part and have to waste about 2-3 weeks getting the right part ><
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