worth installing SSD into 8 year old pc?

  Timd23 21:19 13 Dec 2018
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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, Tim

Specs below.

Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit CPU Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.80GHz 30 °C Lynnfield 45nm Technology RAM 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24) Motherboard ASUSTeK Computer INC. P7P55 LX (LGA1156) 26 °C Graphics L22W-5 ([email protected]) 256MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 (NVIDIA) 50 °C Storage 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 Optical Drives OPTIARC DVD-ROM DDU1681S ATA Device ATAPI iHAS124 F ATA Device Audio High Definition Audio Device

  wee eddie 22:22 13 Dec 2018

I see no reason why not. However you must be prepared to write off the cost over a couple of years.

  Flat Earther 23:39 13 Dec 2018

The motherboard is SATA-2 so an SSD won't run at its full potential, but it'll still be much faster than a typical HDD.

  nateliv 09:47 14 Dec 2018

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.

  Timd23 16:21 15 Dec 2018

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.

  howard64 09:21 16 Dec 2018

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.

  Timd23 17:21 16 Dec 2018

Thanks guys. Well maybe I will now then. I was also thinking a better graphics card might be a good idea.

  Timd23 18:34 16 Dec 2018

Good point, thanks Dave. I will try the ssd and see how that goes.

  KimJohnsn 13:04 17 Dec 2018

Seems bit skeptic over the peformance, but worth giving it a go.

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