Upgrade issue! what to salvage for a new build?

Dear Forum,
I was reading Tom's Hardware about two years ago and got some great advice on a BYOPC project and built my first basic gaming PC, I love it! However, the computer has recently crashed to a Blue Screen of Death after windows xp boots up. I do not want to waste more time repairing it so i thought of upgrading the entire pc and then pulling files from the old harddrive. I was wondering if the forum could advise me on what to salvage and what to look for as replacements.

I currently use the computer for gaming, photoshop and I am looking to purchase Adobe Dreamweaver.
Current Components:

Antec 650 watt powersupply

Antec p182 case... I will be buying four new quiet 120 mm fans for this. No idea what type yet I just want to cut down the noise.

Asus P5k Motherboard (acpi) ATX .... I want to replace this, I have had a few gliches from it in the past.

Core 2 Quad 6600 2.40 ghz. I think the chip is still pretty good. I prefer intel products.

I have 2mb RAM, ddr2-800. I want to upgrade to 4 MB but I need to consider MB and OS first.

I need a new graphics card! My nvidia evga 8800gt overheats and I think has faulty memory cooling. (artifacts)

Old hard drive will be used as a second drive and a new operating system, windows 7, will be installed on a new faster drive I have yet to purchase.

lastly I am going to replace the cheap,slow Samsung Optical Drive I have, I paid $20.00 for it.

I will keep my 1680x1150 monitor, keyboard and mouse.

My budget is limited only to value, I will pay more as long as I get a good return on my investment. Looking at no more than say $700-$800 for core components and maybe $200 for extras like LEd fans and maybe a fan control or replace my stock CPU Fan.

I could use any advice or tips you have to share.


P.S. I have a Microcenter about an hour from me but I thought I would order from Newegg.com this time.
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  1. well you have 2mb ram now and you want to upgrade to a 4mb....ill recommend you go for a 4gb dominator 1066mhz ddr2 if you stick with ddr2 not 3.

    4830 is a card less than 100$ and clocks to 4850 with stock cooling.
    5830 is a card with dx11 support and is cheap and effective.

    The ship you have is a good one....spending money on a x58 mobo is useless at this point....for only a 20-30% increase in gaming.....instead spend money on a card.....

    In your rig,all you need.....honestly.....

    Single ati radeon 5890
    4gb corsair dominator 1066mhz

    there is a mobo, intel dp55sg. This is crossfire supported and ddr3 too.....cost $130.

    pair this with 4gb ddr3 and 5850 crossfire.....and thats a powerful built...
  2. Keeps:
    Antec 650w PSU
    Antec P182

    Purchases:
    CPU & MOBO Comob: Intel i5 750 & ASUS P7P55D PRO - $344.98
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $99.99
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
    GPU: HIS Radeon HD 5770 - $164.99
    DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
    Total Cost: $799.93

    For your budget, I would recommend pretty much a complete upgrade to your system, outside of just upgrading your MOBO, RAM and GPU to keep the Q6600. It is a good CPU but is out dated an could use an upgrade for a big impact. Here is a comparison between the Q6600 and i5 750... http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=53&p2=109

    Extras:
    HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
    Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
    Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

    Total Cost: $907.36
  3. Keeps: Current CPU
    Antec 650w PSU
    Antec P182
    Q6600

    Purchases:
    MOBO: ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo - $134.99
    RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 - $105.99
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $54.99
    GPU: ASUS HD 5850 1GB - $299.99
    DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $29.99
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $104.99
    Total Cost: $730.94

    Extras:
    HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34.98
    Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $36.49
    Quiet Fan: x4 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (19 dBA) - $35.96

    Total Cost: $838.37
  4. Thanks for the advice guys, I am considering ordering sometime tomorrow so I have a day to consider the changes. I do wonder, are nvidia cards now trailing other GPU Manufacturers in terms of benchmarks vs price? I am partial to nvidia. Also, is it worth keeping ddr2 ram or should all builds from now on be looking to use ddr3?
  5. Yes... Price to Performance the Nvidia cards have fallen behind to ATI. I would only purchase the GTX 275 for current Nvidia cards.

    I recommend DDR3 for all new builds because it keeps you out of an EOL motherboard &/or CPU. Also, it is cheaper to buy DDR3 than DDR2 since manufacturers have stopped making DDR2.
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