Quad Core Build Recommendations Please

Hi all!

I am new to hard ware stuff but my PC just gave up giving me long beeps, so did some research and I don't know if it's the Psu, Mobo, or Cpu, I don't know what type of Bios it has, I tried to find the manual but can't find it online(for some reason it can't be downloaded).
Now I decided to build a new one, using some old parts where possible.

I mainly use it for Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and 3d studio Max.

Busted one:

Intel Q3300 Core 2 Quad
Akasa fan Cooler similar to this one
Biostar GF7050V-M7
WIN Power ATX-500L 500W

New build option:

Asus P5Q Deluxe New £ 91.51

Intel Q8400 Core 2 Quad New £ 132.35

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 New £ 15.53

Twin2X2048-6400C5 Old

Twin2X2048-6400C4 New £ 58.78


Xpertvision 256MB Hd 2400 Pro Sonic Old

Corsair CMPSU-650HXUK 650W Power Supply New £ 94.30

Is there anything you think I should change with more or less the same price range?
I am concern about the additional 4Gb ram that has C5 rather than C4.
Any GPU you would reccommend?

I am curious about what component gave up so I bought the PSU already(shipping process) to begin to test each component.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. if you are buying new, get more modern stuff than that.

    Athlon II x4, Phenm II x4, I5/i7
  2. I would recommend :
    1. Keep your old DDR2 800 CL5 RAM. (If the RAM is still healthy, no need to replace and no need to have more than 4GB).
    2. Get an AMD X4 965.
    3. Buy an AM2+ mobo with DDR2 compatibility.
    4. Get a better GPU if you gonna use the rig for gaming. Let say GTX460, HD5770 or HD6850.
    5. For stock speed A.K.A not OCed, just use the stock fan, no need for an after market proc cooler.
  3. Thank you all, gonna choose some i5 rig.
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