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: