I have an awd abit max mboard and im looking to breate some new life into her. Its ben a few years since any upgrade and im currently using core 2 duo 2.22 ghz processor i think and an nvidia 9600GT 512mb video card.
Im looking to play games and hand the processor and card from this machine down to my media centre pc. Im thinking an intel extreme processor and I have 2 pci express x16 slots.
Upgrading your current machine isn't worth it, specially if you want to get an extreme CPU like you said.
First of all, finding one that will fit your board will be very hard.
Secondly, you didn't specify your motherboard model, it might not even be able to support an extreme CPU. and if I'm not wroth there was only a quad core extreme cpu.
Also how much memory do you have installed on your board?
With all of that, building a new machine would be much faster than looking for older parts, and who knows... might be even cheaper?
I suppose i was thinking that the extreme edition processor was significantly faster than the current 2.2ghz core 2 duo I have presently and that a modern video card would be be significantly faster than the nvisia 9600gt I currently have.