Best bang for buck PC upgrade

Ok, I haven't really kept up with CPU advances in the last few years.

My desktop PC is currently a socket 775 with Core2 Duo E8500 @3.16 GHz

I have Windows 7 Ultimate and 4GB of DDR2 (PC2-6400)

Will a memory upgrade to 8GB improve performance? That's cheap and simple.

Or would I be better upgrading CPU (and motherboard) and memory?

I wouldn't want to spend more than £300 (UK, so maybe $400 or so) or so on CPU and mainboard.

My main use is Photoshop (currently CS4).
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  1. Hello !

    Do you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7 ?
    If you have the 32-bit version, you cannot have more than 4GB of RAM.

    Also, I've checked and your CPU is 64-bit compatible.

    Good luck,
  2. Yes, I am running 64 bit Windows.
    My worry if I buy RAM now is I'll want to upgrade again soon and my memory will be useless as I'll need DDR3
  3. You're right on about the memory issue. If you're going to upgrade, do the memory, cpu, and motherboard at the same time. It's just more efficient that way overall.
  4. Yep. That's the conclusion I have reached. I wonder which is the best CPU/mobo combo right now?
  5. Sub $300 Board and CPU combo;

    FX 8120 + Asrock Fatality 990FX

    Sub $400 Board and CPU combo

    i5 3570k + ASUS P8Z77 V-Pro
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