Best Budget Motherboard/CPU (or overclock current q6600)

I'm looking for the biggest bang for my buck, I'm in college atm and currently have around 200 and I will probably have around 450-500 to spend after I work all Christmas break. I currently have an EVGA 750i sli ftw motherboard (LGA 775) with a 2.4ghz Q6600 (which I planned on overclocking because I just bought an NZXT phantom case and an HDT-s1283 heatsink. Do you guys think I should save my money and overclock my q6600 to 3.0ghz+ or buy a new motherboard and cpu?

I'm looking for opinions and suggestions, if you have any hardware you recommended I would love to hear about it. I would also love to hear opinions as well.
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  1. At this point, I would just overclock the still capable Q6600 and upgrade your CPU, MOBO & RAM after the new years with the release of the Sandy Bridge CPU's.
  2. tecmo34 said:
    At this point, I would just overclock the still capable Q6600 and upgrade your CPU, MOBO & RAM after the new years with the release of the Sandy Bridge CPU's.


    Yeah, I think this would probably be the best idea. I have looked into getting the best for my money and I came up with $430 for these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103

    I also looked into intel i5's and i7's and the prices were just way out of my range atm, I also have a 750w psu, a 64gb ssd, an hd radeon 5770, a 1tb 7200 rpm hdd, and 4gb of ram, so I should be able to spend a good amount of money on a new mobo and cpu if i just wait.

    Any other thoughts?
  3. Couple of things you could change for a little savings & no major performance loss.

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198
  4. tecmo34 said:
    Couple of things you could change for a little savings & no major performance loss.

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198


    Thanks for the info, these look nice, but if I am wanting to do a major upgrade from my current lga 775 socket, I'm assuming I should just wait for sandybridge.
  5. Yes... I would agree with that statement!
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