Looking for some Upgrade Advice

Hello all,

In November of 2008, I build the following computer. Three years later, I am looking to upgrade. I am finding that the computer is running a little slow, but it still runs everything. I am thinking about buying a 240 GB SSD and then loading Windows 7 on it. I am hoping that this improves my performance by 1) upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, and 2) upgrading from my HDD to SSD.

By the way, I use this computer primarily for:

1. Surfing the web
2. MS Office
3. Playing MMOs (currently Star Wars The Old Republic and looking forward to Guild Wars 2)

What are your thoughts?

Here are my current specs.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8500

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: 2 Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (Total of 4 GB)

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100257L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223Q LightScribe

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

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  1. The SSD will help improve overall system response time ( boot up, shut down, application launching, loading levels in games, etc, ) and file transferring, but it won't speed up actual execution ( frame rates, improving display resolution, etc. )

    I'm a big fan of SSDs and after having one this past year I'd be hard pressed to go without. However if you're looking to boost gaming performance, it won't do much. For that you'll have to upgrade your CPU ( and likely mboard, ) or graphics.
  2. I don't think I would key a new OS to a s775 motherboard. WinV will work just fine.

    Run disk cleanup and be sure to wipe out 3 years worth of restore points.
  3. would be nice to kknow monitor/res and what you use machine for .

    I'm not a fan of dual core processors and dumping mine several years ago was a good move. (6850 to q9550/775 )

    the ssd will help with boot up and quick app starts but IMO a waste for that machine.

    the weakest link is the graphics card. Had one of those. not exactly top notch..... again... monitor/res and usage.
  4. That e8500 is still stout. It would be more stout at something like 9x400. It's enough for SWTOR and likely GW2. A 512mb HD4870 is probably in the HD5770 range. His CPU will fly as high as he wants to go with a new video card -- a Radeon HD 7850 2GB should handle him for a few years even into a future build.

    If the system is 3 years old or so the OP needs to clear out the trash. Run disk cleanup, remove old files and programs. Backup the important stuff. A fresh install would be great if he had his current updates and drivers handy. Be a good time for an SSD, too
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