The Pentium chips use a different mobo socket from the I3 - I7 chips, so none of those will work on a mobo that has a Pentium processor. To further complicate the picture some of the I3 - I7 chips use two different kinds of sockets, so you have to check the mobo specs closely to know.
So i am fairly new to computer hardware, and i am looking to slowly update my parts, my current CPU is a Intel Pentium 2.6 GHz dual-core and i am looking for an i5 processor or at least a very good i3 processor to replace my current one. The only problem is that i don't really know how to tell what kind of MOBO i have, i downloaded a program to tell me i just don't know how to read it properly enough to do my own diagnosis. Would someone please tell me what CPU (the cheapest you can find) is compatible with my MOBO? Here is what my current MOBO is(i think) correct me if i am wrong and i will post something else: Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me!
Model: Benicia 1.01
Chipset: intel P35/G33/G31 Rev:A2
Southbridge:Intel 82801IR (ICH9R) Rev:02
LPCIO: Fintek F8000
Brand: American Megatrends Inc