Bit of a noob here, please bear with me! I have an old Dell T7500 (I think that's what this is) with the following specs (from Speccy):

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1, CPU: Intel Xeon W5590 @ 3.33GHz Gainestown 45nm Technology, RAM: 24.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz (9-9-9-24), Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0D881F (CPU1), Graphics: NS-55L780A12 (1920x1080@60Hz) 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (NVIDIA), Storage: 1863GB ATA Hitachi HUA72302 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)

The device boots up fine until the Windows 7 login screen. Once I log in, it takes about 20 minutes or sometimes more, for the interface to be usable. I can move the cursor around but can't click on anything. All I get is the dreaded Windows 7 blue loading circle. After it is done setting up, everything works mostly well. I use this as a gaming rig, and I never have any trouble with games, even graphically intensive ones. However, every now and then, while scrolling through a page on a web browser or an image viewer, it will randomly freeze for 5 - 10 seconds.

Given the specs - what is the easiest upgrade for the system in order to make it boot faster and get rid of the random stutters? I do not want to do anything major - just perhaps replace the RAM (which is currently 667mhz) to something faster or add a WD Black 7200rpm 128mb Cache bootable hard drive to replace the current one. (I realize SSDs would be much faster but this system has a SATA II 3GB/s limit anyway.) Or should I simply reinstall WIndows 7/ do a fresh WIndows 10 install?

Help me breathe new life into this old workhorse! Any input would be greatly appreciated!

  • You should try to determine what the problem is that is causing the issues you are having before replacing hardware. Otherwise you might end up spending more money then you would like. – SiXandSeven8ths Aug 14 at 14:22
  • @SIXandSeven8ths do you mean that perhaps some software is causing the abnormally long booting time? I did health checks on the hard drive and other hardware components and there were no issues to report. – RockAndaHardPlace Aug 14 at 20:06

I would recommend you to update your HDD to SSD, Yes i know that your board is only SATA2, and i do not want to go too deep to this topic so if you are interested why you should still upgrade what this YouTube video.

After upgrading your HDD, you should also do the clean Windows 7 installation. ( Do not copy your old Windows installation to the new SSD ) If you need some Windows 10 features you of course go with Win10, but you will not get any real performance benefits.

RAM upgrade is really optional, it's not very likely that any of your problems are directly related with your RAM, but upgrading will give you small performance benefit.

Hope i was able to help you to make decisions about what to upgrade. :)

Best regards, Visdmin Finland

  • Thanks @Visdmin! Can I simply install an SSD into one of the vacant SATA II slots without needing any adapters? – RockAndaHardPlace Aug 14 at 7:42
  • Hi, There will be no need for any adapters or anything like that, the SATA2 connector is that same as SATA3, and SATA 3 drives are backwards compatible with SATA 2 ports. :) – Visdmin Aug 14 at 10:32

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