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I built my PC just over 2 years ago. All the parts are in my Sig Rig. When I build it. It was super snappy and quiet. I couldn't have been happier. Best PC I ever used even (and still it)

The only thing that has happened since, is one of my ram sticks died frown.gif About a year ago. When it did I noticed a bit of a slow down in areas, but not much at all. Not enough to warrant me going out and buying more ram (Though I wish I did, now!)

As of say 3 - 4 months ago my pc seems to be much slower, and louder... and if anything it's getting worse. It will hang up for multiple seconds sometimes when going between programs. I can hear the hard drive grinding a lot now where as before I never really noticed it.

So, now on to some questions. First off, what could be causing all this? Is it just naturally that PCs slow down over a few years?

And second, what should I consider buying in order to give my performance a boost? I am thinking both RAM and a new hard drive. Should I prioritize one over the other? And should I consider an SSD or HDD. I do a lot of recording for let's plays and video rendering. I heard SSDs aren't the best for that.

I'd love some more knowledgeable folks then me to give me some advice. Thanks!
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post #2 of 9
Hdd has movable objects and eventually dies. Capacitors dies so naturally ram dies. Fans get worn and torn. Anything from mechanically, worn out engines. And if you have dried up thermal paste, that really can play a trick on your computer.
post #3 of 9
Sounds like you're using more swap space now which ends up caching on your HDD.

Additional RAM should make it a bit more smooth.
A reformat (after backing up all of your important data) will also give you a certain 'freshness'

If you're just using one stick of RAM you'll get a bit of a performance bump by using another stick for dual channel.
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http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

First step - install this, run it and clean out all your temporary files, and see how it goes. smile.gif
post #5 of 9
Grinding HDD generally = nearly dead HDD. Consider getting a new one and backing up your stuff onto the new drive. Also, 4gb of RAM just doesn't cut it in today's day and age, especially with the calibre of hardware you have in your build.

And another thing to check might be to download CCleaner and use its Registry Cleaner tool in order to get rid of the registry conflicts that might have built up over time. That should immediately improve the responsiveness of your computer if your computer had many registry conflicts to begin with.
post #6 of 9
If you'r still running one stick of RAM, buy a 2x4GB kit and fix that. RAM is cheap, so why lose performance there?

On top of that, buy an SSD. A dual core with an SSD will respond and load much faster than you'r sig rig with a HDD.
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I am going to get 2 more 4gb sticks of my corsair ram...and an SSD. The only question now is what's a reasonably priced SSD with good performance
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I am going to get 2 more 4gb sticks of my corsair ram...and an SSD. The only question now is what's a reasonably priced SSD with good performance

I just hooked my friend up with a new Samsung 840 250GB SSD for about $180. The performance difference between his SSD and my $230 Pro version isn't noticeable unless transferring a file to it from another SSD. I recommend them if you can fit it into you'r budget.
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what is your operating system? did you try to re-install and see any better?
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