I brought a PC home from work that was (excessed--i.e., "who wants it?") after someone left. It was a custom build with a Gigabyte board, the fastest i7 at that time (~5 years ago), and it has 4 small RipJaw RAM cards (F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL) which are DDR-3-1600.
A couple years ago, I removed the two spin-disks, installed a 1TB SSD drive, and Win 10 via DVD. However, boot up time was very slow, so I need setup help. Overall, I am now dusting this system off as I need more compute power.
For a system like this, do you suppose a newer Ryzen or i7 could be plugged into the GigaByte board, along with a new RAM upgrade, or would you go with a new board and something like a 12-core CPU?
FYI, I don't want to put more than say $500-1000 into this system.
With DDR3 it's going to be a pretty old socket, you're going back to the 5th/6th Gen on Intel. You would need to replace the CPU, motherboard and RAM to upgrade, which you certainly can do within that budget. Check out the combo's below, you can easily get those three components within your budget range.
Intel bundles: https://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx
AMD bundles: https://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx
We can investigate the slow boot on the Gigabyte board. Do you recall where it would slow down? Was it around the verifying DMI Pool stage before windows starts to load? We'll need the model of the board as well.
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