I have done a heavy upgrading lately. The mother board was a MSI type with an AM2+ processor socket, so I started up with buying a new AMD processor, AMD X4 Phenom II 3.4 GHz. The old motherboard (with AMD 2+) should support the new AMD 3 processor, right? Unfortunately not the one I bought, needed too much power 🙁

I am a retired programmer, not a millionaire, but after another month I could afford a new motherboard, ASUS Crosshair III Formula, and Corsair XMS 3 (DDR3) 1333 MHz memory, and Corsair Water cooling kit (processor only). This time I got 7.4 and 7.5 in Windows Experience Index (processor and memory) 🙂

My old hard disk showed 5.9 on the same speed index so after another month I bit the bullet and bought a SuperTalent SSD disk, PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and CoolerMaster 1000W PS. This time I got (from top to bottom) the score 7.4, 7.5, 7.8, 7.8 and 7.1 in Windows Experience Index. WOW 🙂

I was still not quite satisfied, and after fiddling around with BIOS and Registry setting, I managed to increase the hard disk index to 7.3. Now I am satisfied 🙂

windows experience index

windows experience index