I bought the wife a nice little pre-built Asus to replace her aging Core2Duo. So, I am limited to giving my machine a tune up with minor upgrades to get it moving faster. The build is the one in my signature. It really needs a fresh install of Windows 7 as it is taking just about 2 full minutes to boot up. I mainly use the machine for standard tasks. The twins were born last month, so the machine will see use with Paint Shop Pro and some occasional video editing if ever learn how to do that. The only games I play are StarCraft II, Diablo III (been a while) and maybe something else, I'm probably kidding myself that I'll be able to game much taking care of twins. I do some multitasking with two monitors (one of which is a 39" 1080p TV).
My hard drive is just about full, so that will see an upgrade for sure. I am confident in a 256 GB SSD and maybe adding a 1 TB Sata III drive. Will stepping up to Sata 6 Gb/s from 3 Gb/s be that noticeable when I have an SSD for the operating system already?
My CPU is another story. I don't know if upgrading to an FX 8320 or 8350 is worth the cost for my needs. My computer sits in my desk, so the extra heat build up from overclocking is a concern.
I think I am still fine with my HD6850 GPU for my current needs, but thoughts there are appreciated.
Stepping up to 8 GB of RAM might be worth it, but I am not too sure.
So, what can I do to maximize my performance and expend its useful life? The SSD is a lock for sure. The rest is up in the air. I would love some feedback to point me in the right direction.
Edited by Scott P, 29 December 2013 - 08:16 PM.