I'm writing from a computer with the following specifications:
Nvidia GEFORCE GT630
Intel SSD 330 Series 120GB Primary & WD Green 1TB 5400-7200rpm
Intel i5-3570 @ 3.4GHz
Kingston Hyper-x 16GB @ 1600MHz
I built it for around $530AUD just after Christmas. It's running Ubuntu 64-bit (I'm more adept at linux than windows), and I use it as a print/media server, etc. it runs a hungry Virtualbox instance of XP 24/7 too.
It's starting to get a little laggy, primarily due to Nvidia driver incompatibility. My question is - What's the first part I should upgrade? I was considering installing a further 16GB of RAM, but that seems a little pointless. I have a budget of around $100, but offer a custom build service to some of my clients, so I could easily sell my 6 week old i5 and replace it with the i7 3770 for around $100, but then I'd have to upgrade the motherboard, right? Is it worth getting the i7 3770k? $100 would also cover another 16GB of RAM @ 1600. What's my priority here?