You may not change the CPU without changing motherboards... But how many of you have changed boards without changing CPU? With so much being built onto boards these days, you are probably more likely to change your board before changing your processor. In the last 7 years I went through 2 processors, but several boards. O those, one had bad pci-e slots, another had bad memory slots. I also decided to go down to matx instead of ATX. At another point I wanted more ram, USB3 and Sata3, this is what prompted the cpu change. And does no one remember the big capacitor disaster? I still see boards with bad caps on them. And what is next? Non-replacable cooling systems? Granted, unless Intel does something, their market share is going to drop to a mere fraction in the next decade anyhow, but this seems premature.