Originally Posted by Woodentop
Is it time for me to get a new motherboard? I am using a ASUS P5W DH Deluxe board but i am going to get a new CPU either a Q6600 or a E8450 as well as a new GPU but i am wondering if i need to upgrade my motherboard?
Definitely upgrade your mobo. The P5W has been a fantastic board but it's a 3 year old 975x chipset. If you get a quad your max FSB will be 333Mhz. People are topping out on it with an E8400 around 380 FSB. If you try and run 400 FSB you have to severely underclock your Ram.
I've been using the P5W for the last year and loved it but compared to X38/48 it's showing it's age. Remember the P5W was out before dual core's were even released
Have a read through the last couple of pages of the thread on XS below and you'll see it's starting to really struggle with newer 45nm CPU's: