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Mr-Steve

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I have a Dell Optiplex 170L Mini tower with the following specs :

OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2045 Mb
GeForce 6200 graphics card
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76245 MB, Free - 31167 MB; D: Total - 76290 MB, Free - 68850 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0U2575
Antec25 430 watt power supply

You can see the complete details here on CNet :
http://www.cnet.com/products/dell-optiplex-170l/specs/

My Question is this :

I am considering upgrading my Hard Drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD)
Can I do this ?
Will it help speed up my internet browsing ? I deal with alot of weather graphics.
This computer isn't the fastest thing around. So I am trying to upgrade where I can to help speed it up.

Thank you for your help
 

peterh40

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It will speed up booting up the computer and loading programs. But I am not sure it will speed up browsing as that depends on your ADSL modem and network speed more than the Hard disk.
 

Mr-Steve

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Peterh40 ,

That was what I was thinking also .
The only reason I wasn't sure is because today I was looking at a Weather Radar site , and as the Radar was trying to load I could hear my Hard Drive start speeding up to it's max. So I thought maybe a fast Hard Drive would result in faster loading.
 
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harddrives spin at a constant speed............ maybe the cpu fan u are hearing spin up faster because it is dirty and needs cleaning?
 

Triple6

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The computer is ancient, an SSD won't fix that. Also, the computer doesn't have SATA ports and nearly all SSD's are SATA not PATA/IDE, the few that exist are expensive and slow compared to SATA versions.

Realistically if you want a faster computer then you need to buy a newer system, it's a Pentium 4 and that can't be fixed.
 

Mr-Steve

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Thanks Triple6 ,

I was kind of thinking that , but have been holding out hope for some kind of upgrade to help me . I guess I will have to start saving for a new PC . This one isn't bad for the $50 that I paid for it. I guess I have just out grown it and need something with more power .
 
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