Best way to spend $1000 on this machine(11 posts)
Personally, I would say none of it, I would save the money and add to it so that when this one died I could buy a decent replacement.
If, however, the money is burning a hole in your pocket then a 256Gb SSD would be my first upgrade - speeds up everything, then, if you are into gaming, a better graphics card. After that I'd still save the money for the future replacement.
This is a nice system. I also would only put an SSD in - only for the OS, The user files go on the spinner. A 60GB SSD will suffice, 120GB max. Check on Newegg ==> they all run under $100 on sale which they have all the time.
Here is how to transit the OS to the SSD: http://www.sevenforums.com/tut.....ystem.html
The remaining $900 you can save for a new system in a few years from now.
Agree for games. But he can direct those to the HDD. Even change the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion and modify the strings called ProgramFilesDir and ProgramFilesDir x86.
I have 60GB SSDs in all my 3 desktops and over 30GB of frespace. On the laptops I use bigger SSDs. Mine are a few years old when they still were expensive, but today you can buy a Crucial M4 120GB for under $100. This one was on sale yesterday for $78,74 (with promo code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....20-148-442
I disagree as well. Having just the OS on an SSD is fine if you just want a quick boot time, but if you want to speed up all of the software you use then you want it all accessible from the SSD. I currently have a 250Gb Crucial M4 (about £130) and it uses about 90Gb, without my Documents folder (which wouldn't fit on it anyway), and the only delays I get are when the documents folder is being accessed/refreshed. Using Photoshop run from the second drive would remove any advantage of the SSD.
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