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DLR20897

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Hey Guys!

 

So long story short, this computer is terrible. I'm no stranger to hardware, so don't be afraid to be technical with me.

 

The computer is an HP 110-459 . We live in Canada (So price things in CAD please). The computer has a few problems. The RAM usage when opening certain programs (Mainly Logos Bible Programs and Firefox) sky rockets, and when Logos is opened, the disk usage and activity tim hits 100% for minutes, straight. It's using an old APU (AMD E1 6010). 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM. 2 SATA Ports (Blah!)

 

http://support.hp.co...ument/c04483132

 

Yeah.. Pretty terrible. That being said, initial results would lead me to believe that the HDD is bottlenecking the rest of the performance of the system. (RAM only hits 75% usage standard load from him)

 

So, I'm thinking that his drive needs to be replaced. We don't need to worry about mass storage, we have a NAS computer of sorts being used for that. Would you guys agree, disagree? If we replace the drive, we do not need Windows, we have a full retail copy.

 

We're also looking at upgrading RAM to 8GB or 16GB. Agree or Disagree? I'm worried about that PSU though. It's a max output of 65W, but being from a provider like HP, I'm guessing it's not giving 65W.

 

We'd like to keep this as cheap as possible. I have an SSD we can try on his system (I have a copy of WIndows (FUll Retail)). So we can test my theory. I'd just like some input, suggestions and pointers. I'm "good" but not as good as you all.

 

Cheers!


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first thing to do is test with just the ssd you have and then see if you need anything else, you may find you don't.

 

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:welcome:    DLR20897,

 

Spec wise I`m not so sure that it is the HDD that is causing the poor performance, unless it is low on free storage that is.

 

8GB of RAM is a step in the right direction.

 

Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here,  this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s. 


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Hi Terry and Phillpower. I appreciate your responses. Sadly the building (The computer is in a Church) isn't open today. However, it is tomorrow so I'll run up and get started on Speccy. Is the PSU going to be a problem is we upgrade the RAM from 4GB to 8GB? (Or the SSD, which can be tested tomorrow as well.)

Edit: Fixed your name, sorry Phill!


Edited by DLR20897, 08 June 2016 - 01:51 PM.

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phillpower2

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Hello DLR20897,

 

The impact of adding another 4GB of RAM would be minimal and would be more than covered if you swap out the HDD for an SSD, this because SSDs draw less power than a stock HDD.

 

One of us will be around tomorrow and will be able to take a look at your Speccy report etc.

 

Never even noticed the dropped letter l until you mentioned it  :)


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Hello DLR20897,

 

The impact of adding another 4GB of RAM would be minimal and would be more than covered if you swap out the HDD for an SSD, this because SSDs draw less power than a stock HDD.

 

One of us will be around tomorrow and will be able to take a look at your Speccy report etc.

 

Never even noticed the dropped letter l until you mentioned it  :)

I will give Speccy a shot in about an hour. I have a few errands to run first. I'm going to hold off on the SSD testing  until the weekend, that way it doesn't affect my system as much nor his working time. (I'm also just about to start my exam period, so schedules are tight right now.)

I really appreciate the time and help!

 

Cheers,

DLR

BTW: you can just call me DLR, no need for the numbers!


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phillpower2

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No problem and thanks for the update DLR  :thumbsup:


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Not heard back from you DLR, do you still require assistance or is the issue now resolved, an update would be appreciated.


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