|To upgrade or start from scratch??|
I have an extremely reliable, but fairly slow, XW 8400 Workstation. Made some changes over the years, but it's over 5 years old. Here is a basic parts list:
- Xeon E5335 2.0 processor
- 8G RAM - DDR2 PC2-5300 Fully Buffered (whatever that means) DDR2-667 memory - four 2G sticks (Crucial)
- Three WD Caviar Black 2TB (3GB/s) HDD in a "hardware" RAID-5 array - through a RocketRaid 1740 card
- Two Crucial 128GB m4 SSD (SATA 6gb/s) in a RAID-0 array - for boot drive / program drive only
- GTX 465 video card
- Two SyncMaster 2333HD monitors
- Renesas USB 3.0 card
- OCZ ZX series 1250W modular power supply
- BD ROM drive
- BD RW drive
- WIn 7 Ultimate
I use the computer constantly - about 16 hours a day. I use the computer to run Adobe Master Collection 5.5, Studio 14 Ultimate, and various video ripping / burning programs, QuickBooks 2012 Enterprise Edition and Office 2010.
I have some kind of card that records cable tv, which I'd like to install, I know it's by Hauppauge, but I haven't played with it much. I also intend to add a few monitors, as I want to link a basic surveillance system into the computer.
I do have a slot for an addition Xeon processor, and I'm told I can hold up to 192G of memory.
I have a NAS setup and I back the computer up regularly; to date, I have never needed to recover any data.
If I start from scratch, what parts can I re-use in the new computer? Some people say start from scratch - I'll have warranty and the latest technology. Well, I've never had to use warranty, so that doesn't seem like a valid argument. I have researched the Z800 Workstation, and the Asus X79 based Workstation; I like them both, but they are expensive!
If I do keep the current system, how can I speed it up dramatically? I do a decent amount of multitasking - but this thing takes forever to do the most basic video rendering.
I'm new to the site, so if I've posted improperly or incorrectly, I do apologize.
I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction; I've been told this forum is the best place to get such assistance.