I've got a brand new Abit IP35 Pro that's been sitting in my closet for months. I was just trying to find out if I can use the i5 processor with it. Or, might I just be better off getting a Quad Xtreme. I'm just looking to build a faster machine [current one is a Q6600 8GB RAM] - no gaming but do run video and lots of VM's on it.
Any thought or suggestions would be appreciated.
Before you do hardware changes you should investigate it yourself.
Go to the page for your motherboard and check for the CPUs supported.
In this case it was very easy to see that it wouldn't work because it was a socket change, but some mobos will not support all the CPUs even if they're the same socket.
Sometimes you will need a BIOS update, and sometimes the CPU will not be supported at all.