Gigabyte GA-K8n Pro motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (socket 754, FSB1600, E6, Venice, 90nm, L2-512KB). I believe this is actually about a 2.0 GHz CPU.
BFG Tech GeForce 6600GT OC 128MB DDR3 AGP Dual DVI Video Card w/TV-Out
2 sticks Crucial 1GB PC3200 400MHz 184-pin DDR Memory - CT12864Z40B, 2 GB total
Corsair vx550w PSU
USR Model 2977 PCI hardware modem
Hercules GTXP soundcard PCI with breakout box
MyHD HDTV 130 HDTV PCI
MyHD HDTV 130 HDTV daughterboard
3 IDE HDs: Seagate Barracuda: 120 (boot), 160, 200 GB
Samsung H501LJ internal 500 GB SATA running on Silicon Image siI3512 SATA chip in BASE mode
NEC ND-2510a IDE DVD/RW burner/player (I've gotten some coasters lately, am wondering if the burner is going bad)
Terry has said that he thinks the Silicon Image SATA controller is responsible for the occasional lockups I was getting and I'm inclined to agree now. I used it recently and got another lockup, so went back to my external USB 2.0 WD green 2TB HD for the MyHD buffer.
1. Using that lousy controller for my boot/applications drives seems like maybe not a good idea.
2. I still get annoying lip synch issues, and can only think that the motherboard is somehow responsible. Well, the sound card could be the culprit I suppose. My workaround is to hit the pause button repeatedly until sound/video synch up again, sometimes requiring 1/2 dozen or more presses.
3. XP as an OS is getting long in the tooth and Microsoft support is scheduled to terminate in April 2014. Plus, XP doesn't have built in support for SSD's, and that coupled with the primitive nature of the Silicon Image SATA controller would, I suppose, mean that I would have substandard performance and reduced life span from the SSD, and I have to wonder if there would be other potential problems.
So, what is a sensible upgrade path for me? I could plop in the SSD and see how things go. Could get another MB/CPU/OS, even another HDTV card. I'd appreciate some comments!
Edited by Muse - 12/9/12 at 8:41am