I have a Q6600 quad core processor and I really wanted to upgrade my RAM, my current motherboard only supports DDR2 RAM, and I want DDR3 Ram, otherwise there's no point upgrading, so I need a new motherboard but I don't need/want to upgrade my processor at this time, will my current processor be compatible with a socket 1155 motherboard?
I hope this made sense for you, I am new to building computers.
No. Your processor is LGA socket 775. LGA 1155 is a whole different series of motherboards made for sandy bridge, and ivy bridge. You'll have to get a new processor, RAM, and motherboard if you plan on getting LGA 1155 motherboard.
You can find some motherboards for sale with the 775 socket, but they are few and far between. Some do support DDR3, but only up to 1333Mhz, which is on the low end of DDR3. Buying a new 775 motherboard will be your cheapest solution, but your Operating system is tied to your motherboard, not hard drive, so be prepared to buy a new OS with which ever route you decide to take.
If you considering redoing the system (minus PSU,HDD, case and disk drive) I'd recommend this for a budget.
No. Core2Duo and Core2Quad are "socket 775-only" processors. It's the end line of 775 socket, you can't upgrade further without changing motherboard and thus socket.
You CAN get a "775 socket"-motherboard that has DDR3 on it's board though, so you can still upgrade your memory without changing socket and processor just fine .
I can give you a couple of recommendations on particular models, if you want.
Thank you everybody that has replied, I have decided to postpone my system upgrade simply because I can work with what I have now and I'm not prepared to dos out £100 on a new OS licence! I hate it when its like that, but any way, thank you. This has been my first thread on toms hardware, and I got a quick and easy to understand responce, thank you!