I am trying to weigh my options and figure out what the most cost effective route to go would be. I have found nothing but contradicting information that has only made this decision more agonizing...and I just need someone to give it to me straight. I use my PC for music production. It is far from adequate for this kind of use in it's current state IMO. I run several large VSTs, Cubase 5, Reason 5, and FL Studio all at once, and things just drag. Here are the specs:
-Dell Dimension DXP061 (Purchased under the name "Dell XPS 410")
-Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 2.39 GHz (Number of processer cores: 4)
-4 GB Ram (PC2-5300 4X1GB Sticks with 2 dual-channel slots)
-288 GB Internal Hard Drive
-NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS (Stock GFX Card died, and I replaced it with this less than a year ago)
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit (64-bit capable/compatible)
-Windows Vista 32-bit
I am going to make this very simple, because I am so tired of obsessing over this.
Is there any point in spending the money on Windows 7 full install (upgrade to 64-bit ofcourse), getting a larger/faster hard drive, and ATTEMPTING to upgrade RAM (I say attempt because there is conflicting information as to whether it is possible or not)?
Should I just spend a bit more, buy a new MOBO, and CPU practically using my current system for parts?
Or should I buy THIS for roughly $500: Gateway - Desktop - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - DX4860-UB33P
I am literally losing sleep over this. Please help.