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Mercy death and upgrade?

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I have a system I use for work and it's getting really slow. It's an Acer MB running Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9400 @2.66GHs with 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Professional. I use it for writing (Word, Framemaker), web development (Dreamweaver), and graphics development (Photoshop and Illustrator).
I bought the system in December 2011. Of course it's accumulated a bunch of programs over the years. Yes, it's a teeeny bit old. At times it mysteriously slows waaay down, and nothing happens for 5 - 10 - 15 + seconds. I try to open a file and wait and wait and wait. I'm tempted in those moments to open the CD drawer, shove in my shotgun, and put it out of its -- no, my -- misery. 
I also have a second system, an Intel Core i5 3570K @3.40Ghz with 4MB RAM running Windows 7 Home Premium built in 2009. My sons use this for games and homework. 
Your input please. Should I --
A) switch systems with my son's computer, or
B) wipe the disk on my slow system and start afresh, or
C) just upgrade to a new system?
If upgrade, do you have any recommendations, like a minimum of 8 GB memory? FYI, when I get a new system, I usually economize and I don't buy the highest end new components.  
Thanks for your input. 


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IF you choose the upgrade path, I'd recommend 8gb of ram as a minimum. It seems to me that your programs require a lot of ram usage and CPU. Personally, I like to upgrade computers every 2 years to keep up to date. I always keep a backup hard drive for the content on the older computer.



Once I upgrade, I use the old machine for tedious work or work that I do on the side.



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A little more information about your system would enable us to better determine if an upgrade is worth the $s.   Please download and run Speccy, no personal information is gathered or displayed.



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