Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:28 PM
I just built a new fairly high end desktop but have a problem:My wife wants to use it that I do not want to happen.Reason:on the other desktop that we use,she is one of those users that does not take care about what mail she opens, the care that is necessry to keep a system runnung well nor the precautions needed when on the internet. She has BSOD drives,infected a system that has required some real work to clean up or required that a clean install just be done to get her up and running again.Most of this shortcoming was solved in her purchase of a well equipped laptop:since she uses it almost exclusivly,she really watches what she does,keeping it very trouble free.However,she does use the old desktop about 10% of the time and does a 100% of the complaining of it's slowness.(Her laptop came with Vista that was slow but upgraded it to Windows 7 that made a very dramatic difference in speed.After a desktop system problem about 30 months ago(as for a backup for me) I purchased a $200 New E-Machine laptop with a low-end Cleron CPU with Windows 7 & speed it has.
I want the old desktop to be used for general use for both of us and increase its speed without replacing any of its existing hardware except the hard drive(an extra I already have.)
OLD DESKTOP:Pentium 4 2.8,MSI 865 PE Neo 2 Series Motherboard,2GB Corsair XMS Dual Channel Memory,IDE Hard Drive,XP Home
Which of the following would give the "best" loading speed boost:
1. Up grade to Windows 7
2.Use a new Western Digital Cavair Blue Sata/300 7200 RPM Hard Drive to the motherboards Sata 2 plug
3.Use a PCI E Express Card to Sata II with the Cavair Blue Drive
4.Use the IDE Drive connected to a IDE to Sata II drive adapter plugged in to the motherboard's Sata II plug
5.Use Windows 7 in conjunction with 2,3,or 4
As I'm definetly not savey in this,please excuse any mistakes in my combinations.I very much welcome corrections and other recommendations.
Thank you for the input and time.