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!
Answer by Tim Fontana · Feb 19, 2013 at 06:35 AM
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
Answer by catchatyou · Feb 19, 2013 at 09:30 AM
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.
Answer by jjb0894 · Feb 19, 2013 at 02:01 AM
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.