I know i should probably introduce myself in another part of this forum but this is my first post here on the forums and I really need some advice. I've been up all night with items in my shopping cart on newegg but I am too indecisive to go through with it.
I've been running my Core 2 Quad Q6600 on a A-bit IN9 32x Max board for a couple years now. I'm liquid cooled yet my system has never been stable enough to allow me to OC beyond 3GHz no matter how aggressive I am with voltage settings. I'm not sure if this is due to the board or to the ram, (4GB OCZ DDR2 800). Either way I wanted to upgrade but still keep my cpu for a while. Figured i might as well go with 8gb of ram so I was going to get some G.SKILL PI Black PC26400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231209
but then I was wondering if it was worth spending over $200 for 8gb of some dated DDR2 ram or to just get a better motherboard, and maybe even one that supports DDR3 if it would benefit me. I found a few boards that do support DDR3, but I'm not sure if its worth it. I have an Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS so i'm not sure if its beneficial or not to have a mainboard with an nvdia chipset, as much as I'd like to say I'd go SLI I probably never will unless its actually worth buying another dated 8800GTS.
Really, what it comes down to, is should I just keep the mobo and setup I have now and get more and better DDR2 RAM or get a whole new mainboard all together whether its DDR2 or DDR3 as long as it can get more out of my Q6600? I've got a thermaltake liquid cooling system with an upgraded pump so I think I can confidently OC my chip more than 3GHZ, i just need a system that is stable. I would like at least 8GB of Ram, preferably that can also be OC if not at least have tighter timings...i'm not sure if my old ram is any good or if i should get all new ram but nonetheless i want more out of my Q6600...what's still out there that can really kick ass?
Thank you all for your support and patience! I look foward to your replies! I plan to spend much more time on this site now that i've discovered these forums