Please Help

By baystarcc ·
Tags: Hardware
I currently have a Full size Cooler Master HAF X case with the ff components
ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard
Intel i7 3820 3.6 GHz. CPU - Socket 2011 LGA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GPU - 2 GB
2 X 4 GB sticks of Kingston DDR3 RAM - 799 MHz
1 TB Western Digital Hard Drive - old and tired
NOCTUA NF P12 cooling fan for the CPU
FRACTAL design 750 Watt PS
Running windows 10 64 bit OS

The system is slow and cranky
Applications take too long to start and respond

I am not at all hardware savvy or software savvy

I do NOT have any security software protection at all

I run Registry Mechanic and Glary Utilities often

I am NOT a gamer - do NOT play at all

But I use my computer a lot for business and surfing

I need it to be very very RELIABLE and FAST

I DO use graphics software like Corel Draw and sometime Adobe graphics products to fix graphics files

I use a lot of office productivity tools and Customer Relations Management software

I use Acrobat Pro to create and edit pdfs and a lot of graphics file edits

I surf a whole lot with literally 30 windows open all at once

BUT my computer seems very tired and I think I need an upgrade

I am very confused about whether I should change my entire system or just upgrade

PLEASE advise with detail suggestions on specific hardware

Please also suggest a good HD monitor – I currently use an Acer X223w monitor – 23 inch

I think I need a much bigger monitor
I do NOT mind USED components

I am on a BUDGET

Thank you

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Re: slow

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Please Help

The third generation CPU isn't the fastest, 8 GB RAM seems not enough for 30 browser Windows or tabs and the hard disk should be replaced by an SSD.

You can try a clean install of Windows 10 to see if it's fast enough for you then. If not a more up-to-date PC with at least a 256 GB SSD for the OS and programs and a HDD for your data and 16 GB RAM seems a good replacement.

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The biggest bottleneck item I see

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Please Help

Is the old technology HDD. I've seen lesser PCs that we replace the HDD with SSD outperform new PCs.

The SSD is your best update. It's also economical.

As to the monitor, you can shop around for 32 inch HDTVs at walmart. Many times there are good enough and about 99 USD. If they have the Sceptre 32 inch, look at it closely.

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