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Help with upgrading my Motherboard. Thanks!

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Hello Overclock.net

I am now looking to upgrade my motherboard to something pretty good. However (in all honesty), I am unsure how this whole upgrade will work so I have a few questions for you experts.

I have a Intel Quad-core i7-860 Processor, so:

1. will I only be able to buy motherboards that will support that processor? or is it by series?

2. I plan to one day update my processor to something better (probably Intel hex-core or something top-end) will I be able to buy a great motherboard now that will be able to support any future processors? OR...

3. Do you simply buy the processor you want and the motherboard you want in conjunction?

4. I also have a P55 chipset motherboard, am i restricted in what type of motherboard I can buy because of the processor I have now?



Ultimately, I am looking for something good now (recommendations are appriciated) that will be able to support my current processor but when I move on up to something better it wont be useless or incompatible.

Also, I have an ATI Radeon 5870 video card but want to buy a Nvidia GTX in the future for SLI and 3D purposes. Will most motherboards be compatible for both if they support PCIe?

I was looking at the MSI Big Bang Trinergy
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130258)

or

The EVGA 141-LF-E658-KR
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188057)

But those are P55 Chipset motherboards (like what I have). Is it worth sticking with the P55 chipsets or should I move towards something else? Appriciate any help, I know I asked alot of questions but Im trying to learn!
Edited by Pinkerton - 12/22/10 at 9:07pm
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Basically the CPU upgrade path depends on the socket, the i7-860 (Lynnfield) you have is a socket LGA1156 - meaning it will only go onto LAG1156 motherboards. The same concept is applied in reverse, you have a P55 LGA1156 motherboard - thus you can only purchase/upgrade to currently supported LGA1156 CPUs.

I would not recommend upgrading the CPU alone at the moment, as Intel is releasing their new Sandy-bridge processors quite soon. The new line up will feature a new socket (LGA1155 I believe) for both motherboards and CPUs, I would personally wait and see what those have to offer and then decide.
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Interesting. Thanks Skylock. Ill have to do some research on the Sandy-bridge processors.

But let's say they come out and they are awesome.. I would have to get a new motherboard in order to be able to use the new processors.. Or is that something that we would have to see when its released?
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