I'm looking at upgrading my system, it will be used for some gaming (I want to get COD4) and for web design work (Dreamweaver, fireworks, flash, photoshop etc), some video editing (mostly home movies). Here are my parts (prices in CAD):
I forgot to mention they is a $25 MIR for the ram so it's actually $80 and the VC has a $20 rebate as well.
That MB is $104 in Canada so would lower costs a bit.
Ibeen thinking about the q6600 CPU would it be worth it now? It's $18 more.
All specs looks good. Q6600 is a better choice if you decide to keep the cpu for long term. For quad optimized programs, the performance difference between quad and dual is massive. But there aren't a lot of them out yet. E8400 will be faster for programs that don't use all 4 cores, because it can overclock better. But keep in mind, with your p35 motherboard's fsb limitations, the e8400 won't be able to oc as far as it should to shine over Q6600.
it makes sense to spend another $50 on a mobo if it gets you the equivialent of another $100 out of you CPU, but its a gamble. some CPUs are pooches, just as some bards are. you don't know for sure what you got untill you try it out for yourself.
in 6 months there will be a vid card that is of equivalent price of another 8800gt that you beat 2 8800GTs SLIed. maybe you can find one used for cheap, but don't count on it. lots of people have the same idea.
better to stick with one and get a new one in 9 months.
no computer can go a year w/o becoming outdated. upgrade can strech it out. after 3 years it will be obsolete.
try to think about the update path when you build. both AM2+ and 775 are scheduled to be obsolete. PCIe 2.0 will say in the race longer than regular PCIe. DDR2 is about to be oldschool, but it will be availiable for a long time. Mechanical HDDs may be nearing thier pinical, they haven't improved all that much in the last 5+ years, only got bigger and cheaper. don't know if DX10.1 will stay in the game longer than an equivalend DX10 card.
I'd say get a dual core, then upgrade to a quad at sometime. get your vid card, then upgrade it at some time. Get another 4+ gigs of ram at some time.
maybe keep an upgrade and repair fund going.
none of it will even outlast a cell phone contract, so remember that when your trying to decide if the $500 vid card is worth it.