Advice for Simple Upgrades to SSD and RAM for Desktop PC
Last edited 10/10/2019 - 10:30
Hi all, I've never taken a computer apart before, but my gaming/desktop PC is slowly dying from hard drive failure, so I'm considering taking on the small project to replace the HDD with an SSD and add more RAM (a piece of cake for many of you, I'm sure).
Whenever I boot the computer, the hard drive makes a clicking sound and my screen hangs. Quite often, Windows won't boot and I get sent to the recovery page. Re-installing Windows 10 from scratch did not fix the problem.
Assuming it's the hard drive, I just wanted to make sure I'm doing the right things before going out to purchase components. I'm also taking the opportunity to upgrade the RAM to 16GB.
I did try take the computer apart today and it was very easy to access the hard drive bay and RAM.
- 1TB SeaGate Barracuda HDD
- 8GB Patriot 1600MHz RAM
- I'm planning on buying a 1TB SSD (or thereabouts). What are people's best recommendations for price vs performance? I was reading comments on the latest GigaByte deals through eBay, but people were saying that Samsung EVO drives were much better in performance.
- Am I correct in needing a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter?
- Will most SSDs just 'plug and play' into the same plugs that the HDD uses?
- For the RAM, should I keep the original 8GB stick and just buy another 8GB stick, or replace them both?
- What are your recommendations for RAM?
Thanks everyone for your help :)