|It's been quite a while since I last posted, but here goes.|
My current computer isnt too bad, its been a looong time since I last upgraded this machine and I'm noticing start up times are not quite what they should be. I know that upgrading my O/S drive to an SSD is probably the best solution but I'd rather put up with slow start up for another year than re-install everything.
My graphics and processing needs are small, I barely play graphics intensive games anymore so my 9800GT is still more than what I need, I have 4GB of DDR2 so thats plenty given I'm running 32bit windows. The oldest and slowest thing is my hard drives, I have 2x320GB WD's in my case one for files and one Windows/Programs. I also have an external 500GB drive with all my videos. All these are around 75 - 85% full.
So I'm considering removing one of the old 320's from my tower and replacing it with a 64GB SSD and installing a PCI-E USB 3.0 card with a 1 or 2TB external drive, move all my files to that and use the SSD for the swap file and select programs.
Would this be the best way to get more from this system? Mostly I want to see an improvement in start up times and file transfer speeds as transfers of 10GB are becoming fairly common now days and it just sucks when the bulk of your storage is on a USB 2.0 drive.
I was also thinking perhaps a quad core CPU might speed things up but I'm not so sure if extra cores will help, My 3GHz E7500 seems ok for now.
So with bang for buck in mind (and without having to re-install windows) is this the best way to speed up start times and improve file transfers?