Advice on upgrading old system

October 19, 2017 at 14:57:21
Specs: Windows 10 Pro x64, 2.793 GHz / 4096 MB
Hi,

So my son wants his first computer and I thought I'd just upgrade my old system which is just lying around and give it to him for the time being.

The system current specs are:
Dell Optiplex 755
Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8Ghz
4GB DDR2 RAM (2x2GB)
3x250GB HDDs
Nvidia 9400GT
262W Power Supply
Windows 10 Pro

Now I was planning on getting a Core 2 Quad from a local used computer parts store and an extra 2x2GB RAM to make it a total of 8GB.

What I want to know is would the quad core and more RAM make a difference since the computer feels kinda slow right now. Plus I want to know that should I upgrade my PSU to at least a 350W or will the current 262W will be fine?

Thank you all in advance.

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#1
October 19, 2017 at 16:01:31
"The system current specs are:"
They are fine, something else is slowing down the comp.

"I upgrade my PSU to at least a 350W or will the current 262W will be fine?"
Lets check this side of things before you spend any money.

Here are the first 2 steps, more steps will be needed, after I see the results of these logs.

Run them in this order.

Step 1: Run AdwCleaner
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/adwclean...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/do...
https://toolslib.net/downloads/view...
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Another Tutorial, other is on the toolslib download page.
http://www.adlice.com/documentation...
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click Scan
In the results tabs, uncheck anything you don't want to remove.
Click on Cleaning.
Confirm each time with Ok.
Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
Please Copy & Paste the contents of that logfile with your next answer.
You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner [C1 or later].txt as well.
http://i.imgur.com/r3PoAEG.gif

Step 2: Run Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securi...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
https://www.malwarebytes.com/junkwa...
Download Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool to your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
Warning! Once the scan is complete JRT will shut down your browser with NO warning.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Temporarily disable your antivirus and any antispyware real time protection before performing a scan. Click this link to see a list of security programs that should be disabled and how to disable them.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7/8, right-click JRT and select Run as Administrator
The tool will open and start scanning your system.
Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your Desktop and will automatically open.
Copy and Paste the contents of the JRT.txt log in your reply, please.


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#2
October 19, 2017 at 16:35:44
By slow I mean compared to my newer system which is an i7 6th Generation.
The system has no virus and no malware. I have Eset Nod 32 registered and always active on that. Also run malwarebytes on that from time to time. I meant it just takes a little more time to boot up and open apps but it runs fine and doesn't lag. Just wanted to do a little upgrade on that.

So if you think I should look at the psu then I will upgrade it to a 350 for sure. No question there.

Also please let me know whether I should go ahead with the processor and ram upgrade or just get an SSD? Will an SSD make a noticeable difference?

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#3
October 19, 2017 at 16:52:29
"By slow I mean compared to my newer system which is an i7 6th Generation"
Ok.

"So if you think I should look at the psu then I will upgrade it to a 350 for sure"
350-400 would be my first step & see how it goes.

"Will an SSD make a noticeable difference?"
Yes.

Dust is a major cause of slowness.

Information about cleaning computer components
https://www.technibble.com/computer...
http://www.computerhope.com/cleanin...
http://www.wiscocomputing.com/artic...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/...
http://pcgyaan.wordpress.com/2009/0...
Getting The Grunge Out Of Your PC, Fred Langa cleans the dirtiest PC he can find, and along the way shows you how you can easily tackle yours. There are 7 pages.
http://www.informationweek.com/news...

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#4
October 19, 2017 at 18:18:48
There are 4 versions of the Optiplex 755 - Mini-tower, Desktop, SFF, & USFF. Knowing which one you have is important to be able to decide what can be upgraded. Anything other than the Mini-tower will have limited upgradeability due to case size. The purpose of the computer would be helpful too. If you want to be able to game with it, you'll need a better CPU, more RAM, a better graphics card, & higher wattage power supply.

https://www.dell.com/downloads/glob...

A fresh install of Windows would help too, especially if you upgraded to Win10 from the original Dell Windows installation.

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#5
October 19, 2017 at 20:13:01
No dust. I clean it regularly.


It's a full tower. The biggest one.

Purpose is little games not too heavy. Internet and probably movies and stuff.

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#6
October 19, 2017 at 21:08:13
For Lite gaming start with SSD with a clean install of Windows rather than cloning, additional RAM, 400-500Watt power supply (Quality one like Corsair 430 or 500), graphics card like GTX1050 or GTX1050Ti.
I would get SSD 240 - 250GB for OS & programs and reuse HD for storage or upgrade to a WD black series HD for storage. Larger SSD's are pricey and room is not a problem on desktops so second drive is no problem. Try to keep installed stuff to a minimum as well as start up programs to the absolute minimum.
Avoid spending too much on the upgrade since the differences will not be worth the investment so CPU only if it is really cheap.
My choice for a system of this age would be Windows 7 rather than Windows 10 which will be lighter on system resources.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
October 20, 2017 at 16:26:37
Well the CPU is costing me $10 lol. So that's not that much. Its a Q9650 C2Q 3.0Ghz.

I'm going tomorrow and getting an SSD, PSU, RAM and the CPU. Not going for GTX1050 but something lighter at the moment.

Thanks for the help guys.

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