Quoted from MJG1969:
To be filed under the category of "Totally unnecessary but makes me feel like I have done something" I just upgraded the CPU on my DILE to an Intel Core i3-4170 @3.7GHz. I also replaced the 4GB of RAM to 8GB (2x4GB). The installation of these was super easy -- and the total price of everything was less than $22 for everything. That is the benefit of replacing older technology with less older technology.
To be filed under the category of "Unnecessary but is an improvement" I replaced the stock 120mm fan with a Noctua fan -- and it made a very noticeable difference in terms of noise. New fan is efficient and very quiet.
Thanks to this great forum for all the background needed to make these improvements. LOVE my Dialed In!!!!
that's awesome! Any chance you can provide specific part numbers? At that price, I'll do the same as basically preventative maintenance.