|I recently did a fairly major overhaul of my computer, took out the old HDD and put in an SSD for windows, upgraded to Windows 7 64bit, upped to 6GB of RAM and upgraded my graphics card from a 9800GT to a HD7850. Of all those upgrades I think these three upgrades made the biggest difference and I'd recommend them to you:|
1) SSD for programs and Windows
2) 64Bit version of windows
3) Graphics Card.
If you have 4GB of RAM (upgrade if you dont) the combo of moving to a 64Bit version of windows and upgrading to a dedicated graphics card will give you access to the full 4096MB of ram, not 3.2 or 3.75 the full 4GB.
I cant believe how much I under estimated SSD's, since I put Windows and my every day use programs on an SSD i simply just don't have to wait. You double click to open a program and its just there, no waiting, its just open and ready.
A basic graphics card if you dont want to game, 4GB of ram if you dont already, 64Bit windows, an SSD and a 1 or 2TB drive to store your data would be a very nice solution for that PC. Optionally you could put in a fast 500GB drive for programs, something like a WD Black. They are cheap, and probably neccesary since a 120GB SSD fills fast. Your frequently used programs and programs used by the system on the SSD and infrequently used programs on your fast HDD, bulk data on your (typically slow 5400RPM) 2TB drive. Sorted.