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if you ride in pavement, i think a smaller tire would improve performance more than upgrading your components..
You can use 26x1~1.3 slick tires. You will notice the performance difference, i'm sure.
Replacing the fork with a rigid one is a good idea if you want more pedalling efficiency. There are lots to choose from, Aluminum, Steel, even Carbon.
STX is a good group but when it comes to efficiency the XT and XTRs are unsurpassed (refering to shimano only).. If I were you, I'de replace those STX hubs with a Deore-LX at least.
Acera Cranks are a bit heavy, but if you don't mind the weight, its not worth replacing until worn.. But if you do replace them, get at least the Deore. The Alivio is nice, but since price difference bet. the Deore is not that much, I would get the Deore.
Of course, you can sell it and get your self a roadbike
. $500 seems good. You would only need to spend about $250-350 more to get a decent road bike.