Basically just want to create a little topic here, get some input.
Scenario: Fairly ''I.T. naive'' user that I do light spreadsheet and database work for, has asked me to make his computer ''Faster'' as, in effect, he is bored of waiting for it to boot up, load to desktop etc..
Quote: ''Once its warmed up, after 2-3 mins its fine''
I've had a look at the hardware apsect side of things inside his computer and everything is ok for his use (GFX card fine, 4GB ram, 2.7GB Quad processer etc etc) Windows 7 OS.
I have been given an estimate by him of £100 - £200 depending on the degree of speed I can get it faster.. (about $200 - $350 ISH) for parts and labour. (10-20% for labour ill take)
So far I have done basics:
1) Physically opened it up and cleaned the dust out with air, checked and reseated all the parts.
2) Booted up the computer (noticed it was slow and loaded a few things) so went into the system start up menu, and disabled a few things upon booting, and created shortcuts to them on the desktop.
3) Ran a disc defrag, and tidied up a few paths, folders, put on Malwarebytes, and removed a 'nuisance' etc etc.
These gave a small noticeable improvement, now to add some hardware for his money, to make the OS / desktop load a little faster..
So what does everyone think is the best path to go down?
HDD's (maybe some raptor drives??)
SSD's (I could probably get something like a 60GB one)
I havent used SSD's before (mainly due to price) and was wondering if:
- Anyone has a few comparisons, R.E. Cost vs Efficiency
- Have they come down in price, or are likely to in the near future?
- Whats best to use in this case?
- Anything else to consider? (Maintainability, Futureproofing, other options etc etc)
Just want to throw this one out to the masses, looking for arguments for and against more than anything get some input