For the past few weeks i have been contemplation buying a gtx 680, i was wondering if i needed to upgrade my motherboard. Right now i have the Dell Studio XPS 8100 Motherboard T568R DH57M01 T568R since it came from my old computer. It is now in a new case. if i upgrade my motherboard will i need to get a new CPU.
intel i7 870 2.93 GHz LGA 1156
Dell Studio XPS 8100 Motherboard T568R DH57M01 T568R
Your windows installation may be tied to the board bios string, identifying it as a genuine dell board. I suggest you save the 6850 for your next system and sell the dell system intact if you're not happy with it. 1156 boards are scarce; go with 1155 if you want to change boards.