Hey there everyone I'd like to thank the people here at the forums for the quality advice i've had over the months and for taking the time to read this questions.
First off: I'm looking to upgrade my brothers rig, which i previously owned.
Intel DG965RY mobo
Intel E4300 @ stock - 1.8Ghz
Thermaltake Big Typhoon CPU cooler
Transcend DDR2 2GB 800+ Ram kit
250GB WD HDD + Seagate 80GB HDD
XFX HD 4850 512MB (upgraded from a xfx 7600GT)
Thermaltake 420W TR2 PSU
Thermaltake Armor Jr. casing
So heres the deal, i have a pal who's getting rid of Core2 Proc's - an E7500,E8400 and a Q6600. He was kind enough to let m,e keep one of my choice. I was initially planning to swap the proc but i realized my mobo doesn't support 45nm proc (even after a bios update). Now 10 days later, I've found a friend who's offering me a good price for the above rig and plan to build a new rig (without the GPU).
I'd want to buy an ROG board - Here to go go with an E7500/E8400/Q6600 and rams
The PSU can be changed but I'll hold onto the GPU and maybe thinking of a move to crossfiring 5770's
Question to those reading this:
Which proc is best among the three? This is an upgrade path from the intel and I'll overclock the proc as well.
Is there any reason to move to a higher Core2 Proc or should i think of building with an i5? (A lil confused )
Question 2 :
I could look into a Maximus III Formula,provided i can get some direction with an i5. Really looking into an ROG board cos it'll look awesome in the Armor
The fastest CPU for single and dual threaded applications would be the E8400, and would overclock well too. The best for multitasking would be the Q6600, and would be a very nice quad core if you could overclock it to 2.8 GHz or more. If you want this rig to last you a few more years then a Q6600 would be the best choice. I'm not very good with socket 775 boards though sorry.
The Maximus III Formula really isn't worth it imo. You're better off with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro.