The New Best Upgrade for Your Older Computer
What is the "new" best upgrade for your older PC?
There was a time, not too many years ago, that if you wanted your older PC to run faster, the be-all-end-all upgrade was RAM. Many people still think this is the case. However, as computers have become faster the new bottleneck, the item that most slows down your computer, is no longer too little RAM. Now the offending piece of hardware is generally the hard drive.
Years back, we already knew this was going to be a problem, but there was nothing to be done about it. Even most modern computers are still using the same "Spinning Disk" hard drives that we have been using since hard drives became available.
Enter the new technology; SSDs, or Solid State Drives, now offer performance so advanced they no longer bottleneck the computer. That is to say, these drives read and write fast enough that your PC will be waiting on other hardware to catch up instead.
You would be absolutely correct if what you took away from that last sentence is, Your computer is faster than it is running right now, because it is being held back by a slow hard drive. Using an SSD instead, can free up your computer to run at the speed you always knew it could.
Replacing that drive with an SSD is a relatively simple process, and growing less expensive by the day.
The SSD above is one of my personal favorites, the Samsung Evo. This drive comes in a range of sizes, but most users would be fine with a small 250GB one. The 250GB one sells for a measly $110-$140 right now (8/7/17). The work to transfer your old Windows/Data can be done by most people, but even if you pay a company, like us for example, the total cost of the upgrade could be as-low-as $175. This is about the same price you could pay for that RAM upgrade (The one that won't help anyways)!