As some know (and I've tried not to brag on too much), I got myself a new computer a couple weeks ago. In it, came 'near' top of the line on the
parts I got this time. It didn't have everything, but what it has is generally the best or very close. (It's a first for this old rabbit... I
usually get 'last year's' best or cheaper and become 'Mr Tweak Master' for sheer necessity..lol)
Lets start with what that is, in context to this story and why my observations here ought to matter for consideration.
(Why not just link while it's still there? ...and yeah, that's
me on the feedback there too)
The main reason the specs matter is that, having a system where literally everything is dramatically overpowered for almost any routine work? It shows
things in stark relief that one may not otherwise notice....like BIG BIG bottlenecks for speed.
What is your BIGGEST bottleneck likely to be? Your HARD DRIVE! How did I come to this conclusion? Let me explain briefly here.
For the last several days, between Mid Terms, ATS, other new obligations in life and a determined effort to die of pure exhaustion ...I've been
shuffling a stack of hard drives between my new machine and my old one. This involved formatting, copying endless gigs all over the place and the
(alwas fun) defrags on a regular basis throughout, while so much is being laid down in fragments.
So what did I find that made writing a whole thread worthwhile? I found my Hard Drives are, without ANY question, 100% of the bottleneck I now
experience. Not just the clunker that came with it (That is the part they went cheap on, BTW). In doing major operations over the last few days, I
often have my Task Manager up to monitor progress. What I am seeing is notable. This is a common display lately:
CPU: 5-10% load
RAM: 4-6gb showing as in-use.
HDD: 95-100% Pegged solid, regularly and near constant while doing anything.
That tells me, I've found my bottleneck and found it in billboard size letters. I also happen to have 2 SSD drives (which is what all this shuffling
is about ...moving them from my old to new machine for primary boot and cache drives) to see the contrast. When they are the ones
running....well...Instant operations would be an accurate thing to say on most of it.
So, for the love of all computers everywhere. Please Please... Do two things before putting a dime into upgrading (as we move into that Season of
On a windows machine, hit CTRL-ALT-DELETE together as a 3 key combination. Select "Task Manager" when the options appear and then
"Performance Monitor" as it opens as a new little window in Win 7 and before, and opens from a tab in Windows 8.
What you're looking for is the summary screen of graphic display showing the activity of your entire machine, by section. Memory, CPU, Drives,
Network...etc. It's just information display. Don't go right clicking things to see what the options do and you can't hurt anything here.
If you find what I did (and most people will on modern machines, I believe) then do yourself the best favor you could. Go Solid State and
you'll never look back. I promise you. The difference isn't "Noticeable". It's the difference of having near 'instant-on' booting and operation
vs. a boot time most could go pour (If not MAKE) fresh coffee while waiting on every morning.
Once you go Solid State, you'll never want Magnetic again!
****** Important Note ******BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP
!. SSD's do NOT necessarily give warning when they fail and when
they do? Fail means FAIL. There aren't magnetic platters to recover data from.... Incremental backup is simply a fact of life, while SSD for
mainstream tasks, IMO.
Enjoy the Holidays to come and keep that data flowing fast and smooth!