|Last week I posted about making my current system faster. Since then I have done a lot of work with msconfig, programs, defragging, ect ect. |
Me being me, I am still not happy. I'm looking at moving to SATA rather than ATA. The only reason why I used ATA for the HDD was because it does not support SATA. I'm thinking of a new HDD for speed and capacity bonuses. Moving to SATA and a faster drive with more capacity, in my eyes will easily kick up the performance. However, I would like to avoid reformatting, as I dont think I have the key anymore to reactivate. I was reading about cloning the drive for transit to the new one? Is this method the best for me?
I also looked into a faster processor with a new heatsink. I have a nice processor now but with the old athlon 64's getting soooo cheap, I figure just bumping that up a little wouldnt be a bad idea. I would pair that new processor with a nicer heatsink as well.
I havent worked on this system in so long I havent got myself a dvd burner or player!!!! I've got one of those on the list too.
I'm planning on buying a new lcd tv soon. I'd like to be able to use it as a secondary monitor. I'd also like to be able to use it as hi-def. I'm looking at video cards that are DVI, with HD components. I'd use a DVI-HDMI adapter and throw it to the tv HDMI style. Although, I have a feeling this idea is more complicated than I am aware of.
Here are the parts I am looking at. All of these are upgrades in my mind.
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2.4GHz Socket 939 89W Single-Core Processor Model ADA4000DKA5CF
ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Total is around $300, and I would be buying part by part over time.
That being said what would you guys buy first?
Direction is wonderful and you guys know this better than I do.