Today almost every mainboard has onboard RAID controllers. So, why not try increase the performance of the disk sub-system by building a RAID 0 array of a couple of SSD drives?
You do software updates to get the most from favourite programs right? Updating a motherboard BIOS can in a timely manner is also critical. The guide to Flashing a Motherboard BIOS spells out the often complicated steps in plain english. PCSTATS Tips