It doesn’t take much to justify upgrading my machine. I ask myself this questions: “Is the speed of this machine costing me time/money?” If the answer is yes then it’s time for an upgrade. I am a huge fan of AMD and decided to stick with them. I went from a micro-ATX motherboard to a full-sized MSI motherboard. I also finally had to let my old DVD burner ride off into the sunset because it mechanically failed. LG to the rescue with their totally affordable $19.99 Super-Multi drive!

The biggest upgrades were the Corsair 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) and the AMD Phenom II 1100T Black Edition Six Core Processor. The CPU started out at 3.3GHz, but I overclocked it to 3.75GHz! I also threw in 8GB of DDR3 memory because it’s so cheap these days. (The reason I upgraded the PC in the first place was the fact that DDR2 memory is SO EXPENSIVE compared to DDR3 memory.)

Rundown of the new hardware:

Corsair CMFSSD-128GBG2D/RF P128 Solid State Drive – 128GB, 2.5″, SATA II

Corsair CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 Vengeance 4GB DDR3 RAM – PC12800, 1600MHz, 1x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered

MSI 890FXA-GD65 AMD Socket AM3 Motherboard – ATX, Socket AM3, AMD 890FX Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

AMD HDE00ZFBGRBOX Phenom II 1100T Black Edition Six Core Processor – 3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Socket AM3, Processor with Fan

LG GH24NS50R 24x Internal CD/DVD Drive – DVD±R 24x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD+R DL 16x, DVD-R DL 12x, DVD-RAM 12x, CD-R 48x, CD-RW 32x, SATA, 2MB, Black, OEM