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Windows 7: Upgrading my Computer

25 Nov 2010   #11
Darryl Licht

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I still disagree regarding the SSD as a general user upgrade, I'd say it's more appropriate for an advanced user, gamer, or power user. Or anyone with deep pockets... <-- not many have them in todays economy!

For one thing the O.P. never really stated his/her budget or what exactly he/she wanted to improve performance wise... If OP is a gamer that 256MB vid card is a huge bottleneck for todays games... sure that slimline HP cant take a huge $300+ high end video card, but there are plenty out there with 1GB that will fit fine!

Lets look at this another way... a 120-200GB SSD (enough for most average users OS and apps) is going to set you back anywhere from $220 to $400 or more. That will improve boot time and app start times for sure, but for the general user who types a few docs, surfs the Internet, and MyFace, Spacebook, etc... It's overkill!

For that same amount of money you could upgrade all these: video card, RAM, and get a faster mechanical HDD with a TB or more storage! I try and spend someone else's $ as if it were my own, and my money doesnt go as far as it used to!

In the end, captcadaver has some questions to answer before we can actually and more importantly properly answer his/her upgrade questions!


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25 Nov 2010   #12
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Yes but my 64gb was only $130.00 usd delivered and I hear rumor that Crucial is having a half off refurbished sale. 128-258 is only for well healed and those whom have tons of Apps and games. I have Office Pro '07, ACT, Photoshop, Quicken and much much more and I have 16gb free.
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25 Nov 2010   #13
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

<SARC> Ohhh I know I get excited whenever I see refurbished hardware!</SARC>
LMAO!!!

Your SSD is 64GB??? You've gotta be kidding me! My music wont even fit on 64GB! My main HDD is a 750GB with only 250GB free.... lets not even get to the other 3 behemoth drives storing videos, photos, and disc images!
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25 Nov 2010   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

You don't put data on your SSD my friend only OS and Apps. And I would give a recond'd SSD a try any day as they have no moving parts. I have 6TB's of spinners but all Apps boot from SSD and yes 64 is more than enough ! It has made the greatest leap in speed of any upgrade.
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25 Nov 2010   #15
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
You don't put data on your SSD my friend only OS and Apps. And I would give a recond'd SSD a try any day as they have no moving parts. I have 6TB's of spinners but all Apps boot from SSD and yes 64 is more than enough ! It has made the greatest leap in speed of any upgrade.
I fully realize that, but you dont have many apps and a 64 is fine for you! Im stating that some people would need a much bigger SSD, especially a user with a laptop which can only house a single drive! It may speed up boot time and app start up, but once your in a browser, or Word processor, what good is all that speed? It doesnt speed up your typing! LOL!

I still think we have aways to go and the price will have to drop on SSDs significantly before they are a good upgrade for the average wallet and user!
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25 Nov 2010   #16
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

So may you suggesting a course in speed reading or a good speed typing course would be a better investment? You could well be right. There are lots of ways to speed up a system and each system has a unique set of bottlenecks and considerations. But I haven't seen a system yet that didn't benefit from the SSD upgrade and yes it sounds like you may well have to wait till the 1/2TB or larger is affordable. Till then nothing wrong with a good spinner or more.
Have a good Turkey day and remember we are what we eat !
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25 Nov 2010   #17
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Linneymeyerhere, I happen to agree with you. OS and Apps can take up little room. I have 4 TB of spinners to place my documents on. Everything you do is considerably faster. As far as I am concerned, I can't imagine going back to all spinners. If you don't want a SSD. Buy 4 Samsung Spinpoint HD103SJ, in raid 0. They will rival a ssd in many cases, but not response time. For the money, they are probably the fastest spinners around. but that is another subject. SSD's are fantastic, it just takes a little work and thought to set them up right.
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25 Nov 2010   #18
Darryl Licht

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We can differ back and forth on the merits of SSD's forever...

The point is the OP hasnt bothered telling us what he/she uses system for, where he/she want to improve performance, and how much $ he/she is willing to spend!

All very important factors before anyone can really give solid advice!
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24 Dec 2010   #19
captcadaver

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Well, here's how I use my desktop. I'm a junior in undergrad.

-Surfing the web (Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, Google Reader, school stuff)
-Homework (writing papers, doing spreadsheets, sometimes coding) -- right now I take a mix of business and CS courses. Hopefully will get into some industrial design, which might require special software
-Web development
-I rarely game unless I'm at home

I've also got a nice dual screen setup going on. They're both 17" monitors: http://www.lcdnfo.com/html/Samsung_7...d-monitor.html http://accessories.dell.com/sna/popu...3997&~lt=popup

I just bought a 2 TB external HD to backup stuff (like media that I rarely watch) because I need to reinstall Windows 7, and I might go and buy a 23" monitor today. I'm not sure though. ><
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24 Dec 2010   #20
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Well Industrial design could mean CAD and that's a whole new can of beans. But for everything else your system is good if not more than adequate. Still if you want transformational for the cost of just one of those dual monitors then whole heartedly I recommend the SSD. Look for a 60-80 or if you can swing it a 128GB SSD. Clean install your OS and Applications which does take time......but when done you will love the change in speed and response. Of course my opinion.
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