My objective is fairly simple, but too complicated for me. I want to build around my current Q6600 with parts equal or slightly above in terms of performance and compatibility. I will then connect the new PC to my home theater via HDMI.
My old components - prebuilt from cyberpower: Q6600 2.4ghz (I'm willing to overclock but don't know how)
Asus P5N-E SLI NFORCE 650O SLI
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320 mb PCI-E
1G DDR2 PC6400
600W power supply (this might be carried over too)
320gb SATA II 3gb 16mb 7200rpm HDD
What I know I need:
HDMI, DVI, VGA ports (the more the better)
1920x1080 resolution is all I really need
My reason for all this is I don't want to buy a new processor when I'm not looking to play new games at the highest quality. I'm assuming that staying with my Q6600 will save money but I could easily be wrong. Also it's worth noting I don't have a clue about motherboards.
Assuming I can accomplish this I won't be upgrading in the future. The next move will be a new rig in 2-5 years.
If you want to use your old parts, you can find an inexpensive video card with vga, hdmi, and dvi ports for around $75. I wouldn't put too much money into such an old system. If you want to ever install a new board, you should be able to find someone to do it for $40 or so. Lots of techs listed on craigslist that can do it for you.