well i threw as much cash as i could muster at it and in the end went for
AMD true quad core processor + new motherboard - as opposed to the triple/dual
new 550gb HDD
new 500 watt psu
I know the AMD isnt as high a performer as the intel series but its still pretty sweet.
I kept my old nvidia 8800 GT card and run two monitors on DVI with super HD graphics as this out performs the on-chip radeon graphics.
put win 7 on it (64bit version) and cleaned up my old sata HDD and piggy backed those as storage drives to the new hdd..which just holds the OS and installed programs.
Currently installing lightroom and CS 6
multi tasking and multi screen is awesome.
also i love the aero interface of Win7
only gripe so far - i hate with a passion...the default folder icon in win 7 !!!! ggrrrrr
so if anyone has a folder icon i could adopt that would be great...i am currently trawling the internet for an alternative.
Canon 550D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, Canon EFS 10-22mm USM, Canon EF35mm F2.
Got some of the gear but really still no idea...