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Windows 7: Should I buy a new desktop or upgrade my old one?

03 Mar 2016   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You don't put data on the SSD. That buys you very little. The SSD is reserved for the OS and the programs. Data goes on the spinners.


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03 Mar 2016   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can use a SSD on a 3gb sata connection and it will still be many times faster than a hard drive. I have used 3 and 6 gb sata connections for ssd's.
Having AHCI set in bios should be no problem.
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04 Mar 2016   #13
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
To michael diemer:
Just to put some perspective on my inclinations ...
You say you've replaced/upgraded PS, drives, RAM and GPU on your Gateway.
In that situation, I'd have purchased a whole new box.
These changes were done piecemeal over time.
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04 Mar 2016   #14
margrave

Size 12
 
 

whs: In other situations I might agree. But for my use, it's critical for data to be on the fastest medium available. The piano software places a high demand on data retrieval. (Read the music forums.)

So do the databases that I use. But those are going to have to stay on disk drives. I'm not prepared to buy a 1 TB SSD. Not yet.

Anyway ... I guess I'll give the SSD a try. Now which one?

Samsung seems to be the leading brand. For 500 GB, the 850 EVO is around $150, while the 850 PRO is at $220.

Or should I buy some other brand?
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04 Mar 2016   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Samsung is fine but a bit pricey. I like the Mushkins.

mushkin ssd - Newegg.com
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04 Mar 2016   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Prices go all over the place daily. If one monitors their favorite websites they will probable run into sales. I paid $300.00 for a 500GB EVO Samsung about a year ago. I didn't catch a sale.
I have paid top price for a few Intel SSD but yet around last Christ mas I got two Intel SSD's for about half price. That was cheaper than my Intel Dealer in town could buy them. They would only let me buy 2 or I would of got more. You just have to keep looking for sales. When you find one buy. Some times the sales don't last long.

I ended up RMA the Samsung and then gave it away. I spent to much time trying to get the damn thing working so I don't want another one in my house. I don't need the headaches.
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05 Mar 2016   #17
margrave

Size 12
 
 

I'm now thinking about doubling down on this.

I found the HP ENVY 750xt desktop for $975. And it has Windows 7!
Much newer, faster, better. That can become my everyday box.

Meanwhile the old computer can be fully committed to its piano music role. I can take off all the "bulk" ... software and all the personal files. Once I skinny it down to around 200 GB it will all fit on a 250 GB SSD.
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05 Mar 2016   #18
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Not to poo on your dreams but have you considered building a computer?

I can tell you it is very informative and maybe it will give you the same flame it gave me about computers and IT.
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05 Mar 2016   #19
margrave

Size 12
 
 

My days of building are long past.

The last time I considered it (nearly 15 years ago), the build-it-yourself price was trumped by the ready-made price. Only if I were to pirate a copy of Windows could I build for the same price as buy. Otherwise it just didn't pay.

So I always buy. I just plug it in, turn it on, and it works.
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05 Mar 2016   #20
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Alright, 't was just a friendly advice.

Hm though I'm curious if it actually is that you won't get cheaper away with building yourself.

I mean I do understand the awesome feeling of just plug and play but but.
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