Hello. I'm simply looking for advice on upgrading my current rig, as opposed to buying a new machine outright. I'd be willing to part ways with around £250 for upgrades, and if it came to just buying the new desktop, I'll go no more than £500. Please keep in mind that I am not great on technicalities, as my knowledge is very limited.
I'll list my current set up below. I'll put the problems I've been having below the list. Feel free to contribute anything that I may have overlooked.
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2A-VM HDMI 1.XX Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
Hitachi 160 GB
ST320410A 20.40 GB
ST3500418AS 500.11 GB
X-Blade Black Case
Issues that I am having:
First of all I use my PC mainly for sound work and gaming. Oddly enough this machine hasn't deteoriated much. I purchased this at the end of 2006, and even now I'm still able to run current games at their peak (or high in most cases).
My OS is a problem. Over the years I've been guilty to run on cracked software. My current Windows copy is a phony, and after so many years I think towing this line is costing the computers performance, in need of some real updating. I'm considering purchasing Windows 7. Worth it?
My case is a problem. It's noisy. The first day I got the machine (pre-built), I opened it up and misplaced a cable connecting a fan to the side panel, rendering the fan dead. I've never bothered to fix it since. I'm wondering how difficult it would be to replace the current case with something more economical. Maybe another fan would do?
Is my graphics card getting on a bit? Time for an upgrade?
What about my processor? Surely way behind now.
I'm sure plenty of people would argue that your GPU is getting on a bit but you said yourself that you're still able to run current games at their peak. From a similar standpoint, if you aren't sitting frustrated at your PC because things are taking ages to load and your games run fine then you don't need to upgrade. Of course this is all relative; even on the most expensive fastest machines people will still be frustrated their system "isn't fast enough".
If you've disconnected a fan it should be quieter not louder? Have a listen to what is noisy in your system. Typical things to watch out for are:
Once you've figured out what is causing issues you can replace them with far quieter versions.
Having a cracked OS is the worst idea in the world. It is the foundation of the system! By all means install whatever software you want on top, legal or otherwise, but don't open yourself up to the risk of having a malformed OS. Pick up a legit copy of Windows 7 and you'll put this security risk and your suspicions of reduced performance to bed.