As you can see behind my signature link, my rig is fairly new and somewhat up-to-date. But i would like to make it a little faster now, to have additional capabilities (been working an awful lot on virtual machines recently and can never get enough "horsepower").
Now my budget is somewhat limited, and i have a few possibilities, i would like to ask the hardware-gurus here what would be the bettrer strategy?
1) My CPU now is a Sempron 2800, the fastest i can get here (Bangkok) for my socket 754 board is a Sempron 3300.
2) My mainboard has 3 DDR-1 slots, currently filled with 3 512-MB modules. It can hold max 3x 1-GB modules, and those are available.
3) I can ad max 4x more hard drives, using the S-ATA connectors which are, as of yet, unused.
4) My graphics card has 128 MB of RAM. I could put in an identical one (ATI x300) with 256 MB.
My goal is to have more hard drive space and generally better performance of the entire system. I will in any circumstances replace the current 40 Gb drive with the other 120 GB and get a 250 GB which will then be used externally as a new backup drive. Therefor i am in fact doubling each partition from 30 to 60 GB, but i'll lose that drive which i am now using for torrenting. So here's a few scenarios apart from that, for which i'd need some advise on what would be better?
1) adding a 40 GB S-ATA drive, use it for page file and torrenting. Also maxing out the RAM to 3 GB, and swapping the graphics card for the 256 MB one.
2) Adding such S-ATA drive as above, but keeping RAM and graphic, replacing the CPU with the 3300 one.
3) Adding S-ATA drive as above, replacing CPU and graphics card, keeping RAM at 1.5 GB?
I can not afford, financially, to buy two hard drives, a CPU, a graphics card AND the RAM, otherwise i'd do it all. Also the cooler for the CPU is a b!tch to mount, so if anyhow possible i would like to avoid having to touch that thing at all.
Personally i'd favour scenario 1, because i could have done it in about half an hour and don't risk damaging something. But how would the performance be?
Please, someone advise me.......
(oh, and changing the mainboard is NOT an option - i don't want to have to go thru yet another Windows-reinstall due to chipset driver issues! Even tough i could then use even faster CPU's and DDR-2 RAM, i won't change this mainboard again unless it dies on me).
With kind regards.....