Like passing a car crash, I have to slow down to look at the weekend deals from etailers. The weekend deals are generally a little better than the weekday deals. Every time you check out at Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct or for that matter just about any etailers the box is already checked to subscribe to the newsletter. If you are not a shopping junkie then you could be very quickly. The internet is a gateway drug.
I pulled this image off of the internet this morning and wanted to work it in. Let me save you an hour of your time. Buy an SSD, put the OS on it, you are done. For years we've read about optimizing Windows with little tricks that, for the most part, all reduce the load on the storage system. Windows optimization guides are pretty much dead now because one simple solution takes care of a majority of issues. Replace the slow HDD with a fast SSD and walk away.
While not in the .50c per GB category, the Samsung 840 Pro is a helluva SSD. It's not the cheapest SSD on the market but it's really fast, has excellent reliability and we rarely see them on sale. Today is your lucky day.
Two components often overlooked when building a new PC, the monitor and your chair. If your monitor doesn't show color correctly, the edges are gray when they should be black or you just want more of them, it's hard to pass up a Dell IPS panel for less than $140. At this price you can give Eyefinity or whatever NVIDIA calls its multimonitor configuration. This model has a very thin bezel so it should work well. It also has a very thin top bezel so you could have a lot of fun with six, just flip the top three upside down and configure the arrangement in the software. There's no replacement for displacement....or pixels.
Sure it has an operating system designed by and for clowns, the reason why my code name for Windows 8 is Bozo, but Lenovo is really good about offering drivers for older operating systems. Notebooks are always nice to have around especially when sitting the wrong way on the toilet. Thanks Daniel Tosh for the idea. I haven't tried it yet but the day is still young. Oh come on and try it, there is a natural shelf for a notebook built in.
If your computer speakers are beige or you only have two connected to your computer then the Pioneer system offered this weekend at Newegg should be your guilty pleasure. It's not an audiophile system by any means but it's better than 2.0 or anything you still have around from 1992.
I don't recommend keeping movies or media on your SSD unless you plan on using the data in a few days time. If not, then transfer it to a mechanical drive. Mechanical drives really don't need to be fast anymore since your movies and music play back at a set speed. 4TB is the magic number, this one is on sale and works well.
If you run across a hot deal this weekend feel free to post it in the comments section.