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

02 Mar 2016   #1

Windows 10 x64
Should I buy a new desktop or upgrade my old one?

I have a five-year-old HP desktop (Win 7, i930 quad, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB main drive, 500 GB secondary).
It used to be a fine performer, but when the 1 TB C: drive failed, the replacement turned out to be a slower drive. I/O performance suffers a bit. (The backup 500 GB D: drive is much faster.)

I could replace the C: drive with a faster one. They're cheap, under $100 for a TB or two.
I could replace the C: drive with a 500 GB SSD. They somewhat cheap, $220 for Samsung's PRO model.
I could replace the whole computer with a contemporary screamer for around $1000.

Obviously the one or two hundred dollar solution is cheaper than a new desktop. But that desktop will have to go to the grave sooner or later. So why put money into the old one?

But if I replace it I'll be stuck with Windows 10, an unappealing prospect.


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02 Mar 2016   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would add a 128GB SSD just for the OS and programs. The data will be OK on the spinners. This SSD you can get for under $50.

128gb ssd -
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02 Mar 2016   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I agree, and there`s no reason to get a 500 GB ssd.

250/256 is plenty.

SSD 850 PRO 2.5€ SATA III MZ-7KE256BW | Memory & Storage

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 250GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

You can always use the ssd on a future build :)
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02 Mar 2016   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Use cpu-z/ cpuid and post screen shots of the Main board/ mem/ cpu/ graphic's sections
CPU-Z | Softwares | CPUID

As far as the drives you really didn't post any brand/ models so we have no idea what rpm's they are....

Some times newer is better sometimes not
Post what size power supply you have and if you buy a new verify what it has
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02 Mar 2016   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
I have a five-year-old HP desktop...why put money into the old one?

But if I replace it I'll be stuck with Windows 10, an unappealing prospect.
If your only complaint is a slow HDD that is easy (and cheap) to fix these days!!! An SSD would be even better if your hardware fully supports it.

When faced with the pain of re-fitting a new computer with all your programs and files, I say fix the one you have first. After all, for the most part a speedy new machine only feels different for a few days, then you're used to it!

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02 Mar 2016   #6
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1

I agree, upgrade your current machine. My Gateway 5656 is at least 7 years old and going strong. I've upgraded the power supply, hard drives, and put in more RAM, as well as a graphics card. Think of the junk you'll be keeping out of the landfill! Recycle, Re-use, etc.
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02 Mar 2016   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I have a old i7-960/X58 computer and I installed a ssd and it's like a new computer. It started working so much better I went and install a better video card.
The old grandpa computer has got a new life. Makes me happy.

All this means is, if you have a good basic computer you can do some upgrades down the road and get a lot more use out of the old grandpa. A ssd is always a great idea if you can install with the existing hardware.

To me changing operating system does very little. You need the proper hardware to start with. Old hardware is even more old to a new operating system.
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03 Mar 2016   #8

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1

I was facing your issues a few months ago and decided to go ahead and upgrade my machine instead of replacing it. I replaced my 5 year old m4a mb with a M5a97R2.0 and went from 8g to 16g memory. I went with a FX6350 Vishera cpu with a slight overclock and a Cooler Master Hyper 212. And then had to upgrade the gpu to an r9 270 2g. (AMD haters insert comments here.) The PS then went from 350w to 750w modular. I now use my old Samsung EVO 850 250g for boot, and a new EVO 850 500g for storage and stuff. I retained my Hitachi Touro 1T for backups. I pretty much upgraded everything but the case - but I did get some new fans for additional cooling. Overkill? Clearly yes! But I have a really nice machine now that is good to go for a while. And it was lots of fun doing the upgrades. Also, a BIG factor was the ability to STAY with Win 7 SP1!
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03 Mar 2016   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

It really depends on how much money you have and whether if it`s worth it.

I rebuilt a Gateway GT5404 Vista computer, maxed it out and it runs Windows 10 great.

Take your time, do your research, come back here and throw ideas around.

We`ve helped many people pick out parts for a new rig or upgrade an older one.
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03 Mar 2016   #10

Windows 10 x64

To whs and AddRAM:
I called out a 500 GB SSD because I have bigger demands on data that you might expect.
I have piano software that carries 160 GB of digital audio data. It just won't fit into 128 or 256.
(If not for that 160 GB load, I could fit everything into 350 GB.)

I load 1.1 GB of data every time I start it up, and that takes a lot of time. A fast disk is important.

To ThrashZone:
The disks are 7200 RPM. (Does anybody still have 5400 anymore?)
The 1 TB drive is a Western Digital WD1020FAEX.
The 500 GB drive is a Seagate ST3500418AS.
The specs are: HP HPE-480t, Pegatron 2A86 mobo

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. :)

Layback Bear:
You touch on my main concern:
"An SSD is always a great idea if you can install with the existing hardware."
"You need the proper hardware to start with."

That's what I worry about ...
The mobo's SATA connections are quoted at 3 GB/s. Is that adequate?
The BIOS has an AHCI setting. It has been set to AHCI from the day it was new, even though I've never had an SSD. Is that okay?
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