I have an Intel desktop board DQ965GF (board rev. D41676-305, BIOS v. 5493) with an Intel Pentium D 820 GHz CPU. I would like to upgrade the system with a faster CPU and I am not much of an expert on these things. The PC is being used for Excel number crunching (very large files and complex formulas that take a while to refresh!), playing games, and surfing the Internet.
The CPUs compatible with my board are listed in these links:http://processormatch.intel.com/COMPDB/Sea...ardname=dq965gfhttp://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/...b/CS-025970.htm
Here are my questions:
1) Based on the above-mentioned board revision and BIOS version, do you agree with me that the fastest CPU that I can install is an Intel Core2 Duo Desktop Processor E6700 SL9ZF 2.66 GHz?
2) Just out of curiosity, of all the CPUs listed in the two links that I provided, would the Intel Core2 Extreme Desktop Processor X6800 SL9S5 2.93 GHz be the fastest?
3) Do you know of a site that compares all the CPUs in existence and ranks them based on some sort of benchmark?
PS: I know that there are other things that I could upgrade in order to make my PC faster such as the graphics card, more memory, etc. but at this time I would like to restrict things only to the CPU upgrade issue.