I had already bought the motherboard before I heard about sandybridge's and it doesn't support that platform (so says the compatibility chart). As for the i7 950, I am an uber noob when it comes to hardware (well let's face it computers in general), I figured if I bought the best (read some where it's the fastest) I couldn't go wrong. I play everquest2 on-line, I want to play the game on the highest setting during raids. The graphics are to say the least intense and will lag the best of gaming rigs. None of the IT Techs I play with can handle the highest settings. I'm playing on a 6 year old Dell computer, I want to rule the game. Some build a comp. every year to stay on top, I don't have the money all the time so I'm going all out while I can.