Storage forum: SSD upgrade for an old machine worth it?

by: bioforcer March 7, 2013 4:54 AM PST

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SSD upgrade for an old machine worth it?

by bioforcer - 3/7/13 4:54 AM

Hi all,

First of, thanks for reading my post and I appreciate your help if you can give some.

I have an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ desktop PC, with Windows XP Pro (SP2). Motherboard is ASUS A8V-MQ (not a well known motherboard, it was supplied as part of a barebone, A8V-MZ i believe is a close one to it). The machine's got 2 GB of RAM and an old (working since 2006) Maxtor 80GB HD.

Now, I would like it to be a sort of family machine, for just normal tasks (i-net browsing, youtube, word etc).
I was thinking of upgrading its HD to an SSD, like a 120 GB SSD would be more than enough.

So could you please help me pick a reliable one, cuz i'm so confused with all these sequential read/wrote or random, all this TLC hype and so on. All of it is mostly for those who are upgrading a reasonably new PC or running much more recent OS. And those support TRIM which is supposedly cleans up stuff on the drive so that it lasts longer.
But what about upgrading an old PC? which drive would you recommend for a PC that only supports SATA 3Gb?
how much of a boost will i see? Currently it takes like 2-3 minutes for my PC to totally load, from welcome screen to all the icons and etc. Don't get me started on PDFs and i-net browsing windows. I feel like the old HD is about to give up, seeing it's long life.

Please help with a good reliable brand, that will last another 3 years or more, that has good reputation and works with SATA3. Something that won't cost more than 80 euro (around $100)

thanks

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