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Will an SSD be slowed down by a very budget system? I don't know if an SSD will be worth it in my old test build. I want to use it as a secondary PC. It has an Intel Pentium 3.2 Ghz, a 7200 rpm Caviar Blue drive, a very basic gigabyte ga-h61m-ds2 motherboard, and some Kingston 1333 MHz RAM. If you need more info just ask. Thanks for your help!

asked Feb 18 '13 at 22:41

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Robert Longo

edited Feb 19 '13 at 13:54

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You may not get 100% performance out of it, for example, if your motherboard does not suppprt SATA3 and you're using a SATA 3 SSD, but an SSD would still provide a huge difference over a mechanical drive

answered Feb 19 '13 at 04:35

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Well, the motherboard you have chosen only has SATA II, so your SSD performance will be more limited than on a newer motherboard. However, you still will get extremely fast access time which is where mechanical hard drives fall behind. You should still see every day performance about the same between SATA II and SATA III. The only difference that you should notice is bootup time.

Any reason why you ultimately chose old Intel over AMD? I'm pretty sure that you can build a modern APU system with all of the perks of the newer chipset for the same cost of your Pentium CPU with not so great integrated graphics.

answered Feb 19 '13 at 07:30

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It was one of my first builds. I felt safer with Intel because it was a bigger company and I heard Intel was better at the time.

(Feb 20 '13 at 16:06) Robert Longo Robert%20Longo's gravatar image

That's one of the great things with building your computer. You have choice.

(Feb 20 '13 at 20:59) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Some of the advice offered in today's LockerGnome.com article Is It Worth Putting an SSD in My Mac? may help you.

answered Feb 19 '13 at 14:09

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As long as your motherboard can support the speed of the SSD, then I think it would be well worth it! Even if you get a slow processor, but have an SSD, you will get faster speeds than if you doubled up on RAM.

answered Feb 19 '13 at 00:01

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There's no evidence to support this. Firstly, RAM does not make the system faster unless the RAM is being fully used and the page file is being relied on, and secondly, the amount of RAM in use was not specified, it could well be 4/8GB, in which case there would be no benefit in adding more RAM.

An SSD is almost always a better upgrade than RAM, unless you are running on a high amount of usage most of the time.

(Feb 19 '13 at 04:34) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

That's what I was saying, an SSD will be faster than doubling up on RAM.

(Feb 20 '13 at 00:20) jjb0894 jjb0894's gravatar image

I apologise, I read it wrong

(Feb 20 '13 at 06:18) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

@jjb0894: I read it wrong also. Sorry.

(Feb 20 '13 at 07:28) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

That's ok, I appreciate you guys apologizing.

(Feb 21 '13 at 01:58) jjb0894 jjb0894's gravatar image

Since I couldn't remove my vote on here, I've voted a couple of your questions

(Feb 21 '13 at 06:59) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image
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