Help with Q6600 B3 upgrade


I know there has been Q6600 upgrade threads before, but I've got a lot of parts that I'd like to keep and hopefully be able to upgrade my desktop and use some of the replaced parts for a server.

My desktop computer has seen better days (I bought the rig back in 2007) and it doesn't seem to keep up with the latest game titles at my resolution of choice (1920x1200) and even applications such as Eclipse (development environment) that I use all the time can be severely sluggish.

Here's my current desktop specifications
CPU: Q6600 B03-stepping
HSF: XIGMATEK Achilles S1284W (I think -- I know for sure that it's a XIGMATEK Achilles)
MB: ASUS P5N-D, nForce-750i SLI, Socket-775
HDD: 2x (RAID-0): Corsair SSD Performance P64 2,5" 64GB and 1 Raptor 10 000RPM and a couple of 7200 RPM SATA disks
GFX: EVGA GeForce 285 GTX 1GB
RAM: 2x Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB CL5
PSU: Fortron/Source Epsilon 700W, Active PFC, ATX/EPS, SLI, 20/24pin
Resolution: 1920x1200 and 1280x1024 on a second monitor

Here's what I use my desktop for (from most frequent to least frequent):
* Programming (I run a local myql server, tomcat instance, eclipse IDE, jetty servers and so on while developing)
* Gaming (Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, Aion, Modern Warfare 2)
* Photo editing (Photoshop)

I have had a lot of problems with overclocking the Q6600 B3 so at the moment it's running at stock 2.4GHz. I'm hoping to be able to upgrade my desktop computer and either build a server out of the parts that I replace or get rid of the q6600 once and for all and buy brand new parts for the server.

* I want to upgrade my desktop computer
* I'll either use the replaced Q6600 for a server build or get a E8500 for the server box if my budget allows it because my Q6600 seem to run hot and needs a whole lot of cooling which I want to avoid to allow my server box to run 24/7.

I will need to buy 2x desktop chassis (one for the desktop and one for the server). The one I am currently using for my desktop is way too large.

I'm guessing the list of parts I need boils down to: CPU, Motherboard, RAM and 2x Chassis. (?).

Budget: $700-$800

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  1. You could just pop in a Q9550, that way you'd be set for a few more years. If possible you could also get some more RAM, then you wouldn't have to upgrade for quite a while.
    Edit: definitely add more RAM, Photoshop eats that stuff. It will improve performance in pretty much everything you do.
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