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so I have built my self a Pentium 4 pc to play retro games and try pre win 7 operating systems would upgrading to a WD Green 120 GB SSD improve the boot times or would it be a bottle neck, also would it be worth it to try windows me or just no try windows saddest os. please leave your opinion. also i need a new psu for it what should i get.

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2 minutes ago, jamman2019 said:

so I have built my self a Pentium 4 pc to play retro games and try pre win 7 operating systems would upgrading to a WD Green 120 GB SSD improve the boot times or would it be a bottle neck, also would it be worth it to try windows me or just no try windows saddest os. please leave your opinion. also i need a new psu for it what should i get.

For the price of any not dangerous psu you could easily get another p4 box that has everything already :p. Any ssd will be good for that system and give a nice speedboost. Do keep in mind that the older os you go the less an ssd will matter as those os's are very light to run and run really snappy on a hdd. Try whatever os you can find on it and have fun do be carefull if you go on the internet with it.

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SSD speed improvements come largely in the form of reduced latency, so even with less bandwidth an SSD is crazy fast.

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23 minutes ago, jamman2019 said:

so I have built my self a Pentium 4 pc to play retro games and try pre win 7 operating systems would upgrading to a WD Green 120 GB SSD improve the boot times or would it be a bottle neck, also would it be worth it to try windows me or just no try windows saddest os. please leave your opinion. also i need a new psu for it what should i get.

If you'd have to use any kind of IDE to SATA adapter, my experience has been that it's too expensive and too much of a pain in the ass to be worthwhile. Most of those eBay/Amazon IDE->SATA adapters blow a cap within a few months of installation. If there's a SATA port on your board, it's worth considering. With SATA I, I've never seen any benefit at all beyond greatly reduced weight and silence. With SATA II or III, you'll see improvements. Keep in mind that those older OSes, like XP or anything prior, don't support TRIM, so you're going to put more wear and tear on your SSD more quickly. Keep that in mind when you choose which one goes in there, then use the cheapest one you can find.

 

Check and see what form factor PSU your case can take. Just about everything back then was using the standard ATX pinout, so just make sure you're getting something that can handle your Pentium IV campfire processor's total power draw. Again, damn near any modern PSU worth a poop can do this. *EDIT: And make sure it's compatible with your socket. P4 CPUs were released on socket 478 and LGA 775.

 

FWIW, WinME is not the worst Windows version. That dishonor goes to Vista, which was a bloated, buggy crashfest from release day right up until they released the completely overhauled Vista Service Pack 3, aka Windows 7, in mid-2009. Me was sort of a misguided experiment rather than a godawful OS.

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Yes, likely will need an IDE to SATA converter but you will be much faster than a spinning drive

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Just a tip, you can pick up a SATA expansion card and run the SSD off of that instead of an IDE to SATA converter. At least that's what I would try anyway.

 

Also, yes do the SSD. Don't expect to get 2Gbit NVMe speeds lol but it WILL have significantly lower latency and faster seek times.

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