I have had such great luck using this site and conversing with members. I learned so much over my time here, that I have not had to have a single cpu/mobo upgrade in at least 8 years. Still using this DDR2/PhenomII setup. I have no complaints. I think I would get more out of my 144hz monitor and my recent upgrade from a gtx 260 to a gtx960. Some titles show no difference in framerate, which is great and all but this is telling me my cpu is the limit. This motherboard far exceeded my expectations, and will look at something similar in the future. ATX. I am looking to "upgrade". Not looking for cutting edge either, but I don't even try to understand any of this madness. I got my daughter a basic i5 quad core with a gtx 730 1gb, and I really think it is exceptionally faster. I gave my son the alienware alpha i5 & am impressed with that as well. Wife has an I5 Its my turn and am curious about what i7/i5 would work best/Any highly advised boards new or used? I am not convinced that I "NEED" an I7, but high TDP boards should be able to handle any chip of a series. any advice?