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post #11 of 17
He said a performance increase. If he gets an ssd it will get a noticable difference in alot of things, He will be happy with his pc for another few years. That's really the only reason I mentioned it.

4gb is too low for a modern system it says 75% because the os doesn't allow it to get that high. Atleast thats how it seemed with my last pc. I ran 4gb on it as well. It seems at pretty much any memory setting once you hit about 75% capacity internet programs start getting freezy.
Edited by tatmMRKIV - 8/26/13 at 7:53pm
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Originally Posted by Fletcherea View Post

SSD as mentioned, you will really be amazed thumb.gif

I actually got a Samsung 840 pro last year, and honestly I'm not too impressed with it, sure the desktop boots faster but I really don't have many programs running on bootup or in the background at all so it's not all that much faster than the HDD was and I've noticed no appreciable difference in any games, I kinda should have mentioned that because I was wondering if besides obviously not having SATA 3 so losing a lot of speed on the SSD from that, if the low RAM could maybe be bottlenecking loading stuff, I know the CPU probably is.

Never tried to unlock the fourth core, I'll look into it when I get around to trying to overclock more.

To whoever said the thing about Adobe, yeah I already deleted and reinstalled that twice this year due to it screwing up and becoming crashprone and freezing up.

Oh one last dumb question, upgrading the RAM, better to just buy the 2 new sticks of 4gb or buy the same thing I have now and have 4 sticks of 2gb? I couldn't mix up the 2x2gb and the 2x4gb either right, it's gotta be either or?
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post #13 of 17
Get a SATA III PCI-E card for $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124045
Hard to believe you have an 840 pro on SATA II... and 17" monitor....?

You can add 2x4GB sticks, but you'd want a 2GB and a 4GB stick in one channels slots, and matching in the other channels slots. It may not be the best thing for serious overclocking but it's definitely the most budget friendly way to boost your ram
post #14 of 17
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Eh, the monitor is another thing I didn't update but honestly other than the resolution my old monitor had a better picture.

I thought those things didn't work? The sata 3 thing that is.
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post #15 of 17
It should work if you plug it into PCI-E 2.0 slot. Some of those reviews say it only gets 380MB/s when stock SATA III controller gets 550MB/s, so it's not the best, but it's better than SATA II. If you can, it' probably be best to upgrade your mobo and CPU to suit your 840 pro rather than get that add-on card.
post #16 of 17
Add more RAM (this will help you save unnecessary writes to the SSD). Reinstall the OS on your Samsung 840 SSD (Make sure to install in AHCI mode). Reinstall all drivers and all windows updates and applicable programs (tweak the SSD settings for Win 7 ref - http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds). Back up the installation to ext HDD/online backup/Network backup, that way you can install your updated OS whenever needed in mere minutes. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Enjoy your faster PC biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Fletcherea View Post

SSD as mentioned, you will really be amazed thumb.gif

The real question is how much can you spend to correct this? If you can sink some money into it I would suggest an "all of the above" approach. SSD, RAM, clear cookies/browsing history and a clean install.
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