I built this pc in 2006, and it’s been fine but I’ve been stressing it a little more recently, running virtual machines and playing some newer games. Not bad for six year old hardware though. I decided to upgrade the motherboard, CPU and RAM for now.
Was: Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe (nForce® 590 chipset), AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3GHz Dual Core) with 6GB Corsair XMS2 800MHz DDR2 RAM.
Now: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 (AMD 970/SB950 chipset), AMD FX-8350 (4GHz 8-core) with 8GB Kingston HyperX 1866MHz DDR3 RAM.
Before the upgrade I uninstalled the Dataplex software for the OCZ Synapse Cache drive. I swapped the motherboard over, plugged everything in, changed the SATA controller to IDE mode (default is AHCI) I powered on and Windows 7 (64-bit) booted up and did a bit of a large plug & play session. I had to download the Realtek NIC and USB3 drivers from the Asus website, but it’s basically working. Oh, and reinstall Dataplex. But no reinstall of Windows or all my software. Hurrah.
OK, so it might be nice to re-install Windows at some point, but that made for a pretty easy upgrade!
For info, Windows Experience Index is now giving the following scores (range is 1.0 to 7.9):