Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:44 PM
Just random stuff.
You might need ECC memory with that mobo and chipset. ECC or not, DDR2 is not usable in the future on a new system, so it is money sunk in your system you will not recoup. If you aren't running into hiccups now, shop around for some used/Ebay stuff for cheap.
No way to overclock those on a stock BIOS Dell board. Those CPUs are rated at 120-150 watt TDPs, and Intel has a history of underrating TDPs on those CPUs. Unless you have some robust cooling, it would get warm if you could clock it.
As mentioned above, an SSD is likely the happiest upgrade you can make. My personal opinion (and it is just an opinion), 120 gig is the smallest drive I would consider, 240-256gig would be better. I would use the SSD for OS, programs, in progress video files, etc. Finished product, game backups(assuming Steam) would be stored on a separate hard drive, 1-2 terabytes. SSDs are becoming downright affordable when you find them on special.
Lastly, start planning your new system. That workstation, guessing from age and it being a Dell, might be a BTX layout, so even finding parts might be a chore. Fortunately, most of those workstations were built like tanks, they sure weighed enough. After 5 years or so, I start worrying about mobo capacitors, power supply failures etc on OEMs.
I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)