Question I want to upgrade the CPU in my Dell Optiplex 380 PC

Feb 23, 2020
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I want to upgrade the CPU in my Dell Optiplex 380 PC. On a Dell website I saw that it said that a Core 2 Quad Q9650 is the best I can upgrade to. Is this the best choice, or should I go for something different? I just want to stop the lagging that my computer has. I don't game but I do use two monitors. My Graphics card is a GeForce GT 710.
I currently have the Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz in my computer. Should I spend the little bit extra for the Core 2 Quad Q9650 or would something like the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz Quad-Core (AT80569PJ073N) Processor, for half the price, be alright?
I'm not sure what the difference would be between the three. Could someone please help me with this?
 
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Dec 15, 2019
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First, if you don't want the hassle of upgrading a motherboard you should choose a Core 2 Extreme Q9650 for best performance
Second, is your power supply powerful enough for a new CPU? Use a PSU Calculator to figure out.
Third, the Core 2 Extreme Q9560 is the best for LGA 775 socket though it is already becoming obsolete.
Fourth, A motherboard like this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-A320M-PRO-Motherboard-DVI-D/dp/B07WC79VMJ/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1PQBO4E96WZIJ&dchild=1&keywords=am4+motherbaord&qid=1585072238&sprefix=am4+,aps,156&sr=8-2 is cheap and pairs well with the https://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-YD200GC6FBBOX-Athlon-Processor-Graphics/dp/B07HJWVJDN/ref=sr_1_51?dchild=1&keywords=amd+athlon&qid=1585072338&sr=8-51 which is better than the Q9650
 
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