All good advice, for clarification though, the hardware is already purchased.
RAM: I originally had a full out 16gigs. I started with the PhenomII x4 965, and upgraded to the six-core. I used the quad to build a second system with four gigs of ram. When that started showing slug signs, I dropped the four gigs out and put eight of my 16 into the new system. My remaining eight plus the four allowed me twelve.
Sorry about the graphics omission. I upgraded the mobo graphics to a PNY GTX 650. Thought I’d mentioned that, my bad.
XP: the XP is being used for legacy games that are so old they aren’t compatible with modern OSes. Ya, I have a few which are good enough to still be great. If you have a DOSBox, you should look at the original “Acendancy”. Its from the DOS4Win era, but the graphics match many mobile games today and the gameplay is actually pretty good. There is also some legacy hardware that died with the death of XP. I have a scanner which is awesome and an old HP LaserJet 1012 printer, neither have drivers past XP, but the hardware is still far from dead and I can’t justify upgrading just to make it work with Windows.
After I posted this originally, I did some digging regarding the hardware, and realized that this February will be five years since I originally built the system and August was four years since I upgraded to the hex-core.
Considering all I have done is add the SSD and considering adding the extra RAM, this hardware has help up exceptionally well. I had originally purchased the components specifically for longevity, and it appears that my goal worked. I have not yet wished I had a faster system, so I’m happy with my purchases as far as that goes.
Probably in two to three years, I am going to look to get a new mobo/CPU/RAM combo. I am actually considering downgrading my current system to my wife, using her quadcore for a dedicated gaming rig (Will a quadcore with 8gigs handle artemis, lol) while I get a new HASWELL-E i7-5960x with 16to32gigs of DDR4. IF I do, it will be the very first time I get an intel based system, (not including pre-built, whatever is on the shelf purchases). If the AMD PhenomII can hold its ground for five years, I have no qualms thinking that for my needs a 5960X could pull me along for close to 10years.