My last build was 6+ years back. I did many upgrades, mostly with the memory & storage as I have a number of virtual machines through Oracle VirtualBox & from last three years I stopped taking serious work from work to home, to have a better family life. So my PC is mostly used for youtube watching by my kids & their studies related activities. Once in a while (when I am allowed to use the PC), I use the same for minor work related activities from home.
I’ve been thinking about an upgrade, dearly as the desktop machine started giving me a feeling that it was lagging behind, especially during the Windows startup.
I did a quick assessment of my desktop machine and luckily my motherboard from Intel supports DDR3 32GB memory (Currently I have 16GB memory) and has SATA standard 3. I already have 5TB+ storage and one 850W PSU. A studio standard sound card from Creative and supported by an Intel i7 generation 2 processor.
A new PC (Assembled) would cost me approximately 250KDs(800USD) ( (Kuwaiti Dinars) & as the Desktop accessories market is slowly dying, the chances of finding all the items for building would be kind of time consuming and tiring activity in this market.
Although a new motherboard and latest processor & memory means support and performance that existing PC could never offer after any number of upgrades, I decided to “upgrade” my current PC for the last time.
This upgrade only included a single item and the total expense expected was 36.5KDs (36.5*3.2 = 116USD approximately), and the item was a Crucial MX500 500GB SSD!
I used EaseUS ToDo Backup free’s cloning utility to clone my existing 512GB mechanical drive (approximately 220GB data) which took around 1.5 hours & realized that I never felt my desktop PC such fast and responsive.
From my last 48+ hours assessment, following are few of the changes I have noticed.
- My Windows 10 Pro 64Bit OS (Build 1809) starts and ready in 5-10 seconds time (Fast boot enabled), which was approximately 4-5 minutes prior the SSD inclusion.
- My desktop machine shuts down within a time frame of 2-3 minutes, which was never less than 10 minutes (with almost no active database services other than an instance of MySQL and Google’s drive sync software. I found the later being one of the culprits)
- The overall responsiveness has tremendously improved & the constantly nagging delays with starting software like Microsoft word & Excel are not anymore existing.
I know from my previous experiences with SSDs that, after a while, I would start feeling the PC turning slow, which is more psychological than technical.
So, if you WERE planning to replace your PC that’s is less than four years old, for it being “too slow”, “lagging” consider a SSD or NVMe M.2 (if supported). One of the major realities you should be considering when opting for a SSD is whether the OS & Processor support the SSDs. I’ve read somewhere that Windows 10 OS, starting from build 1703 has patched up with better support for SSDs and flash based storage.
All the best with an upgrade & saving some real money folks!