Hi all, I have a 8 year old custom built pc which is working fine. But recently one of my external hard drives packed up, which made me concerned for my main internal drive. So I am now thinking of upgrading it to a SSD, for the OS and programs, and a couple of new HDDs for storage and backup. Is this worth doing with such an old system and would there be any compatibility issues?
Thanks in advance,
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.80GHz 30 °C
Lynnfield 45nm Technology
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P7P55 LX (LGA1156) 26 °C
L22W-5 ([email protected])
256MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 (NVIDIA) 50 °C
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 ATA Device (SATA ) 29 °C
189GB Maxtor 6L200M0 ATA Device (SATA ) 30 °C
931GB Western Digital WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 29 °C
OPTIARC DVD-ROM DDU1681S ATA Device
ATAPI iHAS124 F ATA Device
High Definition Audio Device
SSD is an ok upgrade for a system like that. It will greatly increase boot times at the very least. Though, I doubt you'll see much performance increase from day to day tasks. The CPU will really hold you back in just about everything you will be doing.
Basically, the slowest computer you can find on the market today will take this PC's lunch money and give it a swirly, before sending it on stage in its underwear in front of the whole school. Honestly I can't think of an upgrade that will really help your PC as far as day to day tasks are concerned.
Thanks for the advice everyone. I was thinking about extending its life rather than improving performance, as it is working fine. But as I can't really improve its performance much, I guess its not worth extending its life that much. I think I will just save up and get new one built, I'm sure it will last a while longer.
if you have good backup ie cloud then the cost of a small say 120GB ssd is small enough to run the os and main progs. I built my rig at the end of 2007 and the small ssd I put in two years ago made it like a brand new pc and certainly fast enough for me. Do it you will surely get that money back when you make a new one and sell this one on.