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Hardware update on my ancient PC

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    Hello,

    My desktop is now 4 years old and I was pretty frustrated with the speed at which applications opened and the startup time and shut down was taking for ever.

    This is a Dell Inspiron 530s

    It had a 7200rpm hard drive and 4GB DDR3 RAM

    I called up a friend who is an expert with making machines run at their best but his suggestion was to dump this one a buy a new i7 or something as this processor is only capable of so much but I decided otherwise and took matters into my own hands

    This is what I did:

    Bought an SSD: Kingston SV300S37A/120G which cost me Rs 4999

    Bought 16GB RAM : Corsair Vengeance DDR3 2 X 8GB total 16GB which cost me Rs 13999 (My motherboard would only support a max of 16GB. Smoothvibes says 32GB but I went with Dell customer support's suggestion that this motherboard wont use more then 16GB although there are 4 slots.)

    I then took the box to a nearby computer wala and asked him if he could make an image of my hard drive and copy it onto the new SSD and install it and he goes sir nahi hota aisa I then went to some one who assembles PCs for a living and he said come back in two hours and it will be ready

    This is what he did : Copied the hard drive onto the SSD and installed it as primary drive with OS on it and installed the old hard drive as secondary. Then we put in the 16GB RAM two chips of 8GB each and it recognised it

    Now once this all was done I asked the guy what we could do to make things go even faster and he made a face. Sir ssd to laga liya aur kitna fast karoge... I took my stuff and paid him his money and left

    I called a friend who works for AMD in Hyderabad to ask him if he can suggest something to some how make browser opening faster then it is right now... He asked me how much RAM I have got and I told him 16GB which I had just put in today and he suggested lets take some applications onto RAM and see how it goes. He made a partition on the RAM ha ha ha.. On that partition he moved all the frequently used applications.

    My browser and WinSP and a few other applications that boot from the partition on RAM open like they were never shut My browser opens instantly. The only drawback is that shut down now takes a while. The reason being before shutdown RAM partition is saved onto the SSD every time I shut down and that takes more then one min.

    I am loving the performance
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    Great ! I never knew such a thing was possible !
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    Computer starts up in like 2.5 seconds and the tons of icon images that used to take a min or so to load earlier are just there in less then 3 seconds of hitting the power button. It is amazing All with my same old CPU. I dont think I would need a new computer for years to come.

    If anyone is not happy with the speed of their system Sandisk ready cache could be an option. I used a system with one of those for about half an hour and I am impressed what Rs2500 can do to a laggy box.
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    Impressive, didn't know you can do this. The computer starting up in 2.5 seconds is fantastic, mine takes forever, looks like I need to do something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Computer starts up in like 2.5 seconds
    Wont let me sleep tonight probably one of the fastest startups i have ever heard of.. and thanks for the Info.
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    I can write up a tutorial for doing the RAM partition if you want.

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    please do. would help many.
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    Will do this in the morning

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    please do. would help many.
    Please have a read through : How to create a RAM Disk.

    Please feel free to point out any points that I may have missed or correct my steps if Ive made a mistake some where.
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