Suggestions for components with Q6600 Processor

By Schmutz
Oct 12, 2007
  1. 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: £51.00 pc6400 800mhz 2x1gb

    Or do I go for 4gb RAM considering the price vs performance gain?

    Motherboard: Asus Striker Extreme: - £185.02
    ABIT IN9 32X-MAX WiFi: £135
    Asus P5W £100

    Which motherboard provides best value for money here considering what I want to achieve?

    Graphics Card: £221 8800GTS 640MB £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!
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