New Life!

Any recommendations for giving some new life to my 3.5 year old pc. Used for photoshop and ligthroom.

I plan on buying more memory.

Anything else that would be fairly straightforward for a non tech person?

Here is my system specs:

ANTEC, Performance One P180 Black Mid-Tower Computer Case, ATX, 450W PSU

ASUS, P5N-E SLI, LGA775, nForce 650i SLI, 1066MHz FSB, DDR2-800 8GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI /2, SATA RAID 5 /5, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX, Retail

INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo E6600 Dual-Core, 2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 65nm, 65W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail

Kingston Hyperx @GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz CL4 (4-4-4-12) SDRAM DIMM, Non -ECC

eVGA, e-GeForce 7600 GT KO, GeForce™ 7600 GT, 256MB DDR3, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI, HDTV/S-Video Out, Retail

WESTERN DIGITAL, 74GB WD Raptor®, SATA 150MB/s, 10000 RPM, 16MB Cache

SEAGATE, 500GB Barracuda 7200.10, SATA II 300MB/s, 7200-RPM, 16MB cache

Western Digital 1.5 TB added in last year

RAID, No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

LITE-ON, SOHC-5236K Black CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive, 52x32x52x16

SAMSUNG, Super-WriteMaster SH-S183L Black 18x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM

MITSUMI, Black Internal 1.44MB Floppy + 6-in-1 Card Reader Drive

INTEL, PRO/100-S, 10/100 Network Card, PCI

MICROSOFT, Windows XP Professional Edition SP2b w/ Free Upgrade Coupon for Vista, OEM

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  1. You system is well-balanced; I'd leave it as it is.

    If you must upgrade something, you might consider adding RAM. Assuming the @GB RAM is really 2GB: 2 sticks x 1GB, you could add 2 more sticks of 1 GB Kingston Hyperx @GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz CL4 (4-4-4-12) SDRAM DIMM, Non -ECC .

    -- If your XP is 32-bit (x86), the operating system will not be able to see or use more than ~3.5 GB of memory, so you be buying 1 GB you cannot use.
    -- If you have XPx64, you could use all of the memory. To check your version, right-click on My Computer, and select Properties - that will show the Windows version.
    -- If you add RAM, you may have to increase the norhtbridge voltage by one or two increments from the default in the BIOS - 4 sticks increases the northbridge load.
  2. Thanks Treefrog!

    Yes that is 2gb of ram I'm currently running.

    I've thought about upgrading to windows 7 64 bit so I can add more than 3.5gb of ram.

    Thanks for the pointers.
  3. You're welcome. I'm using W7x64 Ultimate for my gaming machine. It runs well.
  4. Quad core. Should help with your render times. And I'd move to 4GBs of ram, even if your on a 32bit windows. 3.25 is more ram then 2GBs, and if your files are large enough the more ram will help.
  5. Thanks 4745454b!
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