I don't upgrade very often. I always used to buy the best motherboard of the latest generation, then slap the cheapest compatible processor in there to allow me to spread the budget for everything else. The idea was, when the last processor for that socket went EOL, I could get a bargain and stave off a motherboard upgrade for another couple of years. Does/did anybody else do this? I now find myself in the situation where Ivy Bridge seems to have gone EOL whilst I've been in Italy working a ski season and my Z77 board (with a Sandy Bridge pentium in it) will be obsolete any minute now. Scan have 1 i3 and 1 i5 left in stock in 1155. I can't afford £180 odd for an upgrade as I'm still in Italy and will remain until April, but when I get back to the UK, I want to play Elite Dangerous and generally get back into gaming a bit. Also, I'm worried that if I don't upgrade now, when I'm forced to due to performance or when I want to game - I'll have to buy a motherboard as well. Should I order the £86 i3 3240 whilst it's still in stock and just leave it in the UK in the box until April, or am I better waiting and upgrading the motherboard as well over the summer?