I'm researching a build that would allow nearly lightning speed of switching between Windows 7 user ID's and also allow me to stay logged in multiple users at the same time without sacrificing performance. What would be the components in order of importance for this purpose? Like 1. CPU; 2. RAM; 3. SSD?
Also I would appreciate specific recommendations for components. I'm only looking to upgrade CPU, Mobo, RAM and HDD (SSD). Budget is $500-1000. Basicaly, looking to spend only as much as it is necessary to make Windows lightning fast.
I'm currently using a 2007-2008 system that loads and switches between users very slowly:
I don't see why you'll need to upgrade your current system just for the sake of high Windows experience index. The system is above the recommended requirement, specifically: the 4GB RAM, HD5770 discrete graphic and Core2Duo CPU.
The OS drive, however, will need an upgrade. I don't use SSD myself, but I checked around, you can get a 32GB Corsair Nova Series SSD for $85, just for the OS. Then see if it helps speed up the OS.
But if after using an SSD, you found out that the old Intel platform itself is causing the slow performance, then consider the new Sandy Bridge platform. The new $120 i3 2100 with a $60 ASRock H61M-U3S3 H61 motherboard (USB3.0 + SATA III) and a $55 TEAM Elite 4GB DDR3 RAM in Dual Channel (2x2GB) should be more than enough for your needs. You can keep the graphic card, it's already fine.
Get components (motherboard and RAM module) from more reputable brands if you're not sure with the quality of the ones I recommend. With similar or better features of course, yet higher price.
He isn't seeking a higher WEI, he's asking what he needs to be able to have multiple accounts that can switch back and forth quickly. An SSD for the OS drive should do the trick, considering you're at 4 GB of RAM.
1) You must have enough ram to be able to keep all of your active tasks in ram without paging.
Ram is cheap, get 8gb. Should be about $75. If your apps are many and large, it does not cost much more to go to 16gb, but I would try 8gb (2 x 4gb) first.
2) Get a quality SSD for the os and apps. It WILL make a difference. Plan on spending $2 per gb. I think I would go with the Intel 320 120gb drive.
No real need for the newest 6gb drives, you will not notice the difference. Get a larger ssd instead.
Keep your sata drives for storage and backup.
3) With your budget, look at a Intel 2500K cpu and a P67 or Z68 based motherboard. Together, they should be about $350.
The "K" lets you overclock, so look into an aftermarket cooler that fits your case. It will let your cpu run cooler and quieter. It will let you OC easier and higher. 4.0 should be no problem.
4) Reuse some of your parts. Keep the 5770. You might get something stronger only for fast action gaming.
If the psu is ok now, it should be ok for a sandy build. It is an unknown quality, and if you have some doubts, $75 will get you a good unit from Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec, or PC P&C to name a few top brands.
Reuse the dvd burner. You may need to get a windows-7 license, I don't think the OEM HP license will be easy to reuse.
The case many or may not be reusablle. Take this as an opportunity to splurge on a case that really appeals to you.
5) If you are doing lots of multitasking, consider getting a second monitor. It makes it much easier.