I'm doing a lot of video editing and want to speed things up a bit. At present I have Intel core 2 duo 6300, 2GB RAM and XP Pro. I don't want to go to Vista just yet 'cos I'm happy with XP. How far can I go with a new processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 maybe? Or is that a step or 2 too far? My OS is OEM so would a change of processor also mean a reactivation or new OS?
The Asus in your link is tempting though, as you say, a bit pricey, and Water cooling is not an option for me. The Gigabyte looks good - all positive reviews though I don't want to go 64 bit. I'll be giving it some thought before making a decision, otherwise I get carried away!!! Thanks again. I'll mark as resolved.
I think the Gigabyte GA P35-DS3L is the way I'll go - with a Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 Socket LGA775. While I'm about it I might upgrade my power supply to 700+watts as well (500 at present). Thanks for all you help.