I've decided to upgrade to a quad core though I am not sure which one to choose. Currently I have a Biostar P43 motherboard with a C2D E7300. I've narrowed it down to 3 possible quad cores:
*Keep in mind I am looking for best Bang/buck here.
The Q8200:Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
2.33GHz stock, 4MB L2 Cache, 45 NM. - $169.99
The Q6600:Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
2.4GHz stock, 2x 4MB L2 Cache, 65NM - $197.99
And the Q9400: Newegg.com - Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
2.66GHz stock, 6MB L2 Cache, 45NM - $229
Now which CPU would be best as far as Bang/buck? I will be overclocking it but keep in mind I have not been able to push my E7300 past 3GHz. I believe that that is because of my RAM so if I upgraded that (sometime after I got the CPU) I should be able to overclock better.
Here is the RAM I have right now: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Would this RAM be better for overclocking? Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Would that RAM be better for overclocking? I'll take any suggestions that are around the same price.
Also this is the motherboard that I got: Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
I just read some reviews (The board had a much better rating in September then it does now) that it could be the board keeping me from a decent overclock, so what would be better for me a new board (The sound is dead on my board because I did something stupid) or better RAM for overclocking?
Basicly which CPU would be best bang/buck? I can't overclock very well on my current rig but may be able to swap out parts later.