Socket type: 775
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Core 2 Duo (Conroe) up to E4300
Pentium D (Presler) up to 960 (3.6 GHz)
Pentium 4 (Cedar Mill) up to 661 (3.6 GHz)
Celeron D (Cedar Mill) up to 365 (3.6 GHz)
Celeron D (Prescott) up to 355 (3.33GHz)
pretty much the core2duo it's my best option and buying another botherborad it's out of the table for now
you should see an improvement going from a single core netburst architecture to a dual core using the core2 architexture despite the lower speed of the e4300. Do you plan on overclocking the e4300?
even if i wanted to do it, I've readed in other sites that with this motherboard (ECS 945gct-hm) i'ts locked from factory because it's a pre-build system so you can't do it and correct me if i'm wrong.