Give my older desktop some new life
July 26, 2012 6:44 AM Subscribe
What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance?
posted by pilibeen to computers & internet (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a a somewhat older PC running Windows 7. Lately, I've noticed slower and slower performance when switching between applications, running multiple tabs in my browser, and generally multitasking. This install of Windows is probably about 2 years old, and I'm running an older hard drive which is running out of space.
Here are my specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3ghz
Nvidia 9800 GT
120GB WD hard disk
I do a little gaming on this machine, but mostly use it for browsing, listening to music, watching Hulu, etc.
Would I benefit more from a RAM upgrade? A SSD drive? Also, my hard disk is older, and has been getting louder which might be affecting performance?
I have run multiple malware/adware/antivirus apps, as well as CCcleaner. I also dual boot Ubuntu when I know I have no use for Windows - and it is MUCH faster in Linux.
Any tips on how I can best spend my money on upgrading this system?