We recently upgraded our desktop pc to use a faster CPU and Video Card and SSD. The results are nothing short of breathtaking. The strategy that we have adopted is to have two machines. One dedicated totally as a workhorse and outfitted as such and nothing more. The other is a graphics/music machine more for home projects and extensive Photoshop and Illustrator use.
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
Being cleaver we decided to create two identical machines. The first went together without a hitch and we anticipate the second would have given our experience. If we ran into problems, then we would know what the first installation was like and fix it. Were we wrong!
The second installation was a huge challenge. First, the MB did not recognize the SSD nor did it recognize the DVD reader on the SATA ports. I thought is was the SSD so we swapped SSDs and no dice – the 2nd machine could not recognize the working, formatted SSD from the work computer. But something was wrong in that the 2nd SSD was not recognized by the work computer, so we initialized and partitioned it. Well, it now is visible on the work machine, but not on the home machine.
After much fiddling, we were able to have it recognize a 2TB Western Digital Green Hard Drive that we were going to use for Data. We declared victory. Then the LAN drivers did not work. So we upgraded the BIOS – normal stuff, but that failed as well. So we hunted down the drivers on the web (Realtec) and loaded them individually. That worked like a charm. Now we have two machines, but the work machine has a windows index of 7.1 and it HUMs!
Corsair Force Series 3 2.5″ 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
The home machine has a windows index of 5.4, and is limited by the hard drive. It seems pokey by comparison.
In a rage of fury we ordered a new motherboard and it should arrive tomorrow. It is from the same maker and family, work = Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3, second home = GA-990FXA-UD3. This is the decision path we plan to follow:
On a box, migrate the RAM, CPU, Graphics Card, to the new MB. Attach PS, Monitor, Keyboard, SSD. See if BIOS recognizes home SSD. If yes, then done. If not, then see if recognizes work SSD. If yes, then buy new SSD, identical to the work SSD and rebuild. If no, then punt and transfer back the old stuff and keep the new MB on ice.
Next… File migration and restoration of operations.
Buy several SATA to USB adapters and cases and use them to selectively transfer data.
1. For the work machine, this is primarily the Admin file and the Parents file and having others at the ready.
2. For the home graphics machine, we need to load up the graphics software and all our photos, and add iTunes. It becomes the AV computer.
So, is there anything I can do right now to help with productivity? Maybe the best would be to add the 100MB SSD to the work machine and begin to populate it with work folders. But that is somewhat short sighted – I should transfer the files to the existing SSD for the moment.