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Time to upgrade my pc?

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Hello, I started college a few months ago and don't use my computer all that often mainly because I don't play video games anymore. But, when I need to use it do homework or anything along those lines it is painfully slow. My internet speed is not great and that is often the cause for it being so slow due to it being impossible to run a physical cable. This is my current setup 

Should I upgrade now or wait later on down the road. Some important things I thought that would be useful to know for anyone providing suggestions. This computer will mainly be used to do engineering homework and things of that sort not for gaming even though I might do that once a month or so. I can probably spend no more than 500 dollars and don't really mind buying used items. Should I upgrade my pc now or wait? If so what would you suggest. Thank you.

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How much RAM and what software will you be using?

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2 minutes ago, bleedblue said:

How much RAM and what software will you be using?

16gb is a must nowadays personally and windows 8 or 10 I am not sure yet.

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You should really get an SSD that might be the problem.

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Just now, DocSwag said:

You should really get an SSD that might be the problem.

I got one just isn't in the parts list. sry about that

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Just now, GK2 said:

I got one just isn't in the parts list. sry about that

Oh ok. By slow do you just mean like loading webpages or everything in general?

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Just now, DocSwag said:

Oh ok. By slow do you just mean like loading webpages or everything in general?

Everything from file transfer to web pages to simple downloads.

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3 minutes ago, GK2 said:

Everything from file transfer to web pages to simple downloads.

The latter two are definitely internet things that a new pc wouldn't fix :/ but the first one should be down to storage. By file transfers are you using the HDD? Because if yes, that could be the issue. You could try defragmenting the HDD

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1 minute ago, DocSwag said:

The latter two are definitely internet things that a new pc wouldn't fix :/ but the first one should be down to storage. By file transfers are you using the HDD? Because if yes, that could be the issue. You could try defragmenting the HDD

I will look up how to do that. In that case I don't think there is much to do then. Thank you

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Just now, GK2 said:

I will look up how to do that. In that case I don't think there is much to do then. Thank you

You could try that but if it doesn't do anything I'm not entirely sure what you could do :/ some parts (like your CPU) could definitely consider being upgraded tho

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You could upgrade to an i5 or i7 but... whether or not what is causing your system to be slow is the CPU, I don’t know. And it wouldn’t seem like just doing homework and such would be causing it all to run slow. It’s most likely the Internet, if you’re far from your router, or if there are things in the way like a fridge, microwave, or other big metal appliance.

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Eh, you'd be really suprised how much an interenet connection makes a difference. Your school should have computer labs that are capable of rendering homework assignments for you, even if they're only quad-core stations with quadros from 2009, they'll still work plenty fine for any type of assignment.

 

I go to a school with a connection that is never below 150 Mb/s and peaks at 300 Mb/s, but at home I don't even break 20. The difference in trying to do literally anything, even pulling up my browser, is huge.

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3 hours ago, GK2 said:

I got one just isn't in the parts list. sry about that 

Yeah, but which one? And is Windows on the SSD? Why didn't you list it?

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