Thanks a lot usasma! I'll try out your suggestions and let you know. Fingers crossed!
Edit: Oh and also my computer crashes randomly I'd say once every 10 days-ish and when it reboots, my SSD doesn't always show up as a boot option. Sometimes I have to power down the machine completely before it shows up again, at which point I need to go into the bios and reselect it as my boot drive. Any ideas as to what could cause this?