In 06' another forum helped me build an overclocked system. It has been damaged during shipment. I have posted the details in that forum but looking for further advice. This is my 06' build:
-WD Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive
-Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU cooler
-Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtereme music 7.1 Channels Sound Card PCI
-NEC 16X DVD+R DVD Burner black
-Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
-G.Skill 2GB (2x1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
-OCZ GameXStreme OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI cetrfied...Power Sply
-Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Blabk/Blue SECC ATX midtower Case
---Added in 07---
-EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit PCI Expressx16 Video Card
---Added in 08--- ASUS LS221H Black 22" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
I run Windows XP
The items in BOLD are salvagable.
I have about ~$1500 to build a new system. Other then the LCD I do not have to use any parts that are salvagable. I use the computer for gaming and looking to provide a noticable performance increase compared to my previous build.
If your looking for a boost in gaming performance, going from a e6600 to a q6600 or a q9550 will hardly be noticeable. Your best bet would be get a e8400, 8500 or 8600 and since you already have knowledge on OC'ing ramp that thing up to 4 ghz and you'll feel an imediate impact on gaming performance.
While the Core I7's are the next latest and greatest, they hardly offer and improvements in gaming. If you truthly use your machine mostly for gaming, I'd get a wolfdale core chip now.
Thanks for the replies. I'm in the military and been gone for awhile, so I am out of the loop in the latest hardware. I will be using the computer for gaming (as I had in the past). Since the post, I been reading up on what I've missed and it seems I should of just posted a "Help me build a new system for ~1500" thread. I can probably push that to ~1850 if that would make a difference in a build.