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I'm not using my pc to play anything too demanding (WoW atm) and therefore I'm not looking for the latest and greatest graphics card, but I am looking at improving the start up time for my current setup:
Case: Antec P180
Monitor: Samsung 24" running at 1600x1200
PSU: Hypex (SP?) 850 watt Modular
MB: ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (no longer supported)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2
HD: Seagate 750GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Graphics: XFX HD 4870 1GB DDR5
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
A friend of mine has brought it to my attention that my most likely drag on performance is because of my old and heavily outdated MB. We both have very similar setups (only differences are that he's running an Asus P5QL Pro MB, a Nvidia graphics card and a Intel 2nd gen x25 80GB SSD as his bootup drive). Now I obviously understand that the SSD is going to make an impact on why his pc starts up in about 30 seconds and mine takes about 3-4 mins, but is my MB also going to be a contributing factor to this speed issue? If so, would his motherboard give me a good upgrade or should I be looking at a different MB? (I don't want to have to buy any 'major' components just to run a new motherboard). Maybe also thinking of getting a OCZ 120gb Vertex 2E SSD but Im not sure of its compatibility with my existing MB.
Thanks for any help