Computer Upgrade

I just went from a 3.8 MGHz to 4.1 MGHz processor (A10-6800K), and doubled memory, from 8 GB of 1366 to 16 GB of 2133. The difference in performance is amazing. Mostly due to memory, I suspect (the only difference in CPU is the slight percentage increase in speed). Now to go put the old CPU and memory in her machine, which will be an upgrade for her Windows system.

[Update a few minutes later]

I’m sure the fact that the OS is on an SSD doesn’t hurt, either.

[Update late afternoon]

Oh, goody. In order to give her computer the new CPU/memory, I have to change the motherboard out, too, but the HP Pavilion case doesn’t seem to have cables marked. Sigh.

22 thoughts on “Computer Upgrade”

  1. Your unexpected introduction of the pronoun “her” made me think, just for a moment, that you were referring to your wife as “the ol’ CPU”.

  2. If you installed the OS with a clean install, you might also have gained some speed because any spyware, adware, and malware you may have had in your old system is now gonzo.

  3. Most of that increase is due to the SSD. Take it from an SSD skeptic who saw the light after building a new Linux box for his mother, putting just the OS on SSD.

  4. If you went from no SSD to SSD, that was the reason.

    SSD is the biggest single speed boost in PC history IMO. It’s painful to use a PC without one now.

      1. Oh, duh – Not just more memory, but much FASTER memory. Yeah, that’s where the speed boost probably came from, assuming the CPU swap was only for a faster clock, rather than a fancier CPU.

        1. Agree that its speed of memory not amount. Even a Windows OS is usually smaller in size than the hardware’s memory. Certainly smaller the 8 GB. You won’t see the speed performance increases of the 386 days from just increasing memory size, not until you start loading up a significant more than just the OS.

          1. Agree that its speed of memory not amount.

            Well, I’ve consistently been pushing limits of 8 gig, and I’ve noticed distinct slowing when that’s happening. Now I’m nowhere close. The OS isn’t the issue, it’s all the tabs I have open in browsers.

          2. Sounds like you are loading up a significant more than the OS. So when you exceeded RAM cache, a hard drive pagefile became your buffer. Your SSD kept things fairly fast, but any memory is still faster than even a SSD.

            I’m just glad to hear some one that likes to take the Ferrari out of the garage not to be seen, but to see what it can do.

  5. Well not knowing which CPU you previously had it is hard to compare the performance. The AMD APUs, like the one you got, have good performance for their price. The GPU bit is good enough for gaming, which you can do easily on Linux now that Steam is available, or some mild workstation loads. The CPU bit is worse than what Intel sells now but it is perfectly fine for current desktop workloads. The CPU performance stopped mattering like 5 years ago.

    If you are having too much trouble with the case on your wife’s computer just go to a local white box shifter and buy a new one. The box is usually the cheapest part of the cost of a new computer anyway. If you order it online the shipping may end up being a significant amount of the price. It just isn’t worth the effort to fiddle with it too much.

    If she uses Windows I advise you to switch to Windows 7 if you aren’t using it already. If she is using an old version of Windows it may take some fiddling with upgrades of software though.

    1. Well not knowing which CPU you previously had it is hard to compare the performance.

      It was an A10-5600, I think. As I said, only difference is clock speed, a few percent.

      She’s currently using Windows 7. I’ll probably upgrade (if that’s the right word) to 8.1.

  6. Have you tried disconnecting the front panel header from the motherboard, and shorting across the power switch pins on the header with a screwdriver? (yes, it’s safe).

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