Originally Posted by Saffron
I will go ahead and do the CPU/Motherboard upgrade. Then it will be 3-4 years before I need to upgrade again, and by that time the next architecture will be released or soon to be released.
My only other concern is my Zalman CNPS9900 cooler, it works with both Intel and AMD but are the mounting brackets going to be same as Sandy Bridge?
Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge have the same mounting holes. The CNPS9900 originally may not have shipped with an SB-compatible mount, however, so you'll need to check into that. The older 1156, which it probably did come with, is not the same as 1155.