Huge performance increase with the newer Sandybridge or Ivybridge. I would get a workstation card if your not into gaming as they have way better drivers and are designed for your applications. 8 to 16 gb of ram would be a wise choice. Larger SSD for OS and apps would be the icing on the cake. You would not be served well with buying a sata11 SSD and DDR2 memory purchase as they offer little to nothing, you would be throwing money out the window.
Utilize the 500 gb as a scratch drive and the 1tb for data in the new build. Leave the other samsung in there to keep the older build intact and sell it on craigslist cheap to get rid of it fast. Would not hurt to get an external usb3.0 backup because the drives are getting a little old as well.
If convinced, need a realistic budget.
Last edited by jdeb; 04-30-2012 at 03:13 PM.