but I got tired of the slight though appreciable lag so ended up going back to XP.
Now I'm considering 2 upgrade scenarios, and would appreciate any tips from hardware people.
I would like to keep this upgrade around the 100 mark.
So I am considering either upgrading to a 100gb SSD and a gig or 2 more of RAM, to move up to Windows 7.
Otherwise... an upped CPU (I've seen athlon 64 x2 5600+ 1mb-L2 -- the best upgrade my board will support -- used, for good money), another couple gigs of RAM, and possibly a more modern or feature-rich HDD (non-ssd) -- staying with Windows XP.
Anyway. Hah-- my life story in computer parts-- thanks for reading. I'd appreciate any help or ideas at all!
well here is what i got so far. not sure what i want to do! lol. do you think the 36 dollars for the generation jump will be worth it? i wonder if upping to a 3ghz and double the cache "athlon I" would be compensated for what's lacking with the AM3 and ddr3 memory, with the SSD I would put in the regular athlon machine... ?
if you can up your budget to 200 you can get this
asus A55 fm2 mobo
4gb ddr3 1600 ram
this system will be much better than anything that am2 can do and also future proof as fm2 is a new platform
got a 60gb sold state drive for my applications. if i install less important ones like games etc, will communicating between the SSD w Windows files and drivers etc, and the old sata1.5 slow down those apps noticeably?
is it true the fuller your SSD, the slower it gets? by how much, do you think? mine has a sustained sequential read of like 300mb/sec.
i upped to the amdxw 5600... which has only 1mb L2 cache vs the 2mb that the 5200 i was considering has... but the benchmarks say the 5600 is quicker... so I hope i made the right choice!
i'm sure no one cares, ha ha ha... but for posterity!, or just a board soul.. that's what i am working with now. thanks!