You have to get all new memory, since it is a different architecture than your current memory. Current is DDR2 and you need DDR3. So throw out all your memory or keep the current system as a backup system and start afresh.
2. Sometimes, depending on other needs.
3. Asus or Gigabyte are popular choices.
4. Look here: Adobe Forums: System requirements for CS5
First read some more, decide your budget and then come back with more questions.
Thanks for the quick response!
I believe I have DDR3 RAM though. There is a separate series for the sandy bridge archtecture but I can't invest in a completely new set of RAM. My main needs will revolve around video editing in Premiere and AE (75%), some photoshop(10%), and some gaming (15%). Aside from that, just using it as a day to day computer. As to the article I did take a look at it and if I understand correctly DSLR footage (Canon 60d) would fall under difficult. For that reason I'm aiming for an i7 core. I can't afford to change my hard drives at the moment - they are OK. My budget is $300-400 possibly $500 if it is an important inc. for both cpu and motherboard.
My main aim with this upgrade is to enable me for the next 2 or 3 years to begin editing without being gimped too badly, I may eventually upgrade my video card and HDD setup. I'm not looking for a pro video editing station, I simply can't afford it and I am not good enough to make use of it. I am in a bit of a rush to decide, I need to make a decision in the next few hours as I will be gifting my current PC to my brother and need to order the parts asap.
Your current Q6600 on a 775 socket uses DDR2, not DDR3.
I'm sorry I think I'm missing something, the RAM itself is showing as DDR3 Here is the newegg link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314 . Aside from RAM, any reccomendations on the optimal CPU + Mobo in that price range (300-500)?
Actually, Harm, some Socket 775 boards use DDR3 RAM rather than DDR2 RAM. It depends on both the chipset and the motherboard's implementation of it. You see, Socket 775 does not have the memory controller on the CPU at all - but on the chipset's North Bridge instead.
Thanks for the clarification and correction, Randall.