My current spec is: AMD64 3500+ 2.2ghz 1gb RAM Abit AV8-3rd Eye (Socket 939) NVIDIA 6800GT 256mb This PC doesnt seem to be up for the task anymore it crashes all the time using programs like AE/Flash & Photoshop and I would like to upgrade. After some research I am interested in building a new computer using Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz (Socket LGA775). This really looks to me the best value for money processor. I want to spend around £500-600 ($1020-1230) in total and this will cover the CPU/Board/RAM/GFXcard For the other components I am VERY loosely considering: RAM: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=320744 £51.00 pc6400 800mhz 2x1gb Or do I go for 4gb RAM considering the price vs performance gain? Motherboard: Asus Striker Extreme: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=327953 - £185.02 ABIT IN9 32X-MAX WiFi: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=329724 £135 Asus P5W http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=321774 £100 Which motherboard provides best value for money here considering what I want to achieve? Graphics Card: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119850 £221 8800GTS 640MB http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=327407 £229 8800GTS 640MB This is a very rough outline as to what I wish to buy, what do you think? -be critical! I don't want to pay for anything I won't use and this will be my only upgrade for perhaps 3-5years so I must choose and time it very wisely. My primary purpose for upgrading is college work (I am a multimedia student) I spend a lot of time using After Effects, 3DS MAX, Flash and Photoshop and understand how much of a performance increase (especially in 3DS Max and After Effects) I could achieve by upgrading I also like to play games a lot and looking forward want to be able to run upcomming games ie. Gears of War PC/Crysis/World in conflict Thanks a lot for any help, the more you can offer the better!