Originally Posted by Jess_718
Can any computer be upgraded with a new internal hard drive?
Upgrading a hard drive will give you more space to hold files, if your drive is not full, will not help to get a bigger one. If it is full, will slow to a crawl while indexing files.
Although the new ssd drives will give a speed increase.
The average user may notice the pc boots faster, not much more.
I was also going to mention about upgrading the cpu, or why you would.
The biggest bang for your $$ is to max out your pc with ram. Random access memory.
Your pc will use a certain amount of ram just sitting idle and running the startup services. Then you open office and it uses the ram kinda like a temp hard drive while it loads it's files. If you run out of ram then it creates a bottle neck and uses the hard drive for temp space while it loads, your pc will slow to a crawl. Once the program is loaded, your pc speeds up again.
Unless you buy a high end gaming rig, off the shelf pc provide enough ram to get you by.
Next upgrade in my opinion would be a decent gpu, graphical processing unit, Also known as your video card. If you are using photoshop, or editing images, playing games, even your desktop background and icons are using video.
If your video card is built into the mother board, it is using the cpu and your ram to run. stealing your resources.
A after market video card will have its own processor and ram, freeing up your resources while adding fancy 3d effects.
After these updates, and your pc is still not fast enough, is time to upgrade the cpu.
A old rule of thumb is, if you cant double the size, is not enough increase to notice.
In Dewitt501 case, I bet their socket 775 will accept a quadcore cpu, going from 2 cores to 4 cores.
There are some thing that are cpu intense, video rendering, newer games and such.
If you are not maxing out your cpu now, a bigger one will not help enough that you would notice.
Usually just adding ram will increase the speed of a pc for the average user, enough that will not bother with the others. And the cost is usually not worth it. Myself I usually keep an eye out on craigs list and find good deals from others upgrading and selling the used.
I have a quadcore socket 775 with 4 gigs ram, nvidia video card, Built it new 5 or 6 years ago, the q6700 was the fastest at the time. It is no slug by any means. Their is really nothing I can do to speed it up.
I build my own operating system from source, I always max out the cpu and use a lot of ram. One package I build takes me about 2 hours to complete, while a friend with a i7 cpu, builds the same package in about 35 min. That is how much faster new technology is. Just do not throw a bunch of money at old technology.
A new mother board, cpu, ram, use your case and hard drives, That is a worthwhile update.