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Windows 7: Your opinions please: buy more RAM, or time for a new PC?

09 Apr 2015   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I clean install would be the best option. But it is also possible to transfer you current OS to the SSD. That, however, would require a bit of work to make it fit - but it is not impossible. That solution is a bit finagle though.


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09 Apr 2015   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I wouldn't invest a dime on anything new UNLESS that new piece can be carried over to an all new PC.

To do otherwise would be to buy oats for a (nearly) dead horse---seven or eight years old.

That CPU scores 1139 on the Passmark benchmark. That's poor by today's standards for anything beyond doing email, browsing the web, and any other minor tasks.

By way of comparison:

An 8 or 9 year old Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 scores 1557

A 4 year old Intel i5-2500 scores 6206.

A current $230 Intel 4690K scores 7778.

An SSD could be carried over.

Your RAM is antique and could not be carried over.

I'd assume you could upgrade the CPU and graphics capability, but that's throwing good money after bad. I wouldn't do it if my primary intent was gaming performance.

What you have now is adequate for whatever it can now do to your satisfaction. The benefit of adding new money to it for anything more than an SSD is minimal. And the SSD by itself won't do wonders for gaming performance---it will mostly be noticeable in booting and application loading times.
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09 Apr 2015   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ignatz is right. The only salvageable upgrade would be the SSD. For all the rest it is a waste of money. But the SSD should have a very positive performance effect.
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09 Apr 2015   #14
Gaz1701

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I wouldn't invest a dime on anything new UNLESS that new piece can be carried over to an all new PC.

To do otherwise would be to buy oats for a (nearly) dead horse---seven or eight years old.

That CPU scores 1139 on the Passmark benchmark. That's poor by today's standards for anything beyond doing email, browsing the web, and any other minor tasks.

By way of comparison:

An 8 or 9 year old Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 scores 1557

A 4 year old Intel i5-2500 scores 6206.

A current $230 Intel 4690K scores 7778.

An SSD could be carried over.

Your RAM is antique and could not be carried over.

I'd assume you could upgrade the CPU and graphics capability, but that's throwing good money after bad. I wouldn't do it if my primary intent was gaming performance.

What you have now is adequate for whatever it can now do to your satisfaction. The benefit of adding new money to it for anything more than an SSD is minimal. And the SSD by itself won't do wonders for gaming performance---it will mostly be noticeable in booting and application loading times.
That is really helpful to know what the scores of by specs are, thanks a lot; and like you said, now I know where NOT to waste my money on my PC. So here's my situation so far (I don't know why I can't space by paragraphs out on here. Is it a subscription-only thing you can do?)... I've recently bought a new Windows 8.1 laptop 1 1/2 weeks ago (a HP 15-g094sa, FYI), and that's been fine for webbrowsing and watching videos, etc. I'm not that big a gamer really (I'm not into games like the Call of Duty series, GTA V, Crysis or other heavily graphical games; a lot of them don't really interest me that much - I've mostly been playing the LEGO games [lol] and Skyrim. But there will definitely come a point when I'll eventually want a new PC (maybe sooner rather than later), but for now, I think an SSD sounds like a good idea. This PC I bought was basically a custom-made one, and obviously looking back I've made some awful mistakes in my choices - simply because I didn't know the difference in the CPUs. I've spent quite a lot of money this year so far (new laptop, and holidays booked up), so after the next several months I'm going to need to save a lot of money up before I'll think of buying a new PC.
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