Question Do you think it is worthwhile spending less than £150 detailed below or would we be better off replacing the Dell Optiplex 850 PC


Dec 27, 2015
Do you think it is worthwhile spending less than £150 detailed below or would we be better off replacing the Dell Optiplex 850 PC which is used in our Church mainly for projecting PowerPoint presentations via two projectors?

Current specification
2.93 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
3072 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

2014 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB (serial number 86BBCEED)
Slot 'DIMM_3' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM_2' has 1024 MB (serial number 86BBCEE5)
Slot 'DIMM_4' is Empty

Drives c,d
319.15 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
252.77 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16AAS [Optical drive]

Proposed upgrade
Crucial 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3L-1600 UDIMM
Configuration ID: CT7339272
DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.35V • 512Meg x 64
£38.39 Inc. Vat* Any Ideas please

Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD
Configuration ID: CT11484291
1TB 2.5-inch internal SSD • SATA 6.0Gb/s • 560 MB/s Read 510 MB/s Write
£105.59 Inc. Vat*

The intention is to replace D drive with a 1 TB SATA hard drive to be used as back up. To the SSD.
Since anything could break on that system. I would not upgrade it.
If that's all you do on the could get a £200 laptop from Amazon that could perform a lot better even after upgrading that PC.
Putting any money into a system that old isn't worth it. Since you are a church, you can get Windows basically for free.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Athlon 3000G 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor (£46.43 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£62.93 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16 Memory (£32.88 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.38 @ Aria PC)
Case: Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: be quiet! Pure Power 11 300 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£42.95 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSD5 DVD/CD Writer (£14.62 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £354.17
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-09 16:46 BST+0100

For this you backup from the SSD to the HDD.
Is the current pc doing the job for you?

If no, why not?

I would not be inclined to change anything that is not needed.

Your proposed changes seem to me to be ok.
If you are running a 32 bit operating system, you will not be able to use more than 4gb.

A ssd is a wonderful performance upgrade. It makes everything quicker.

I like samsung 860 evo for an upgrade because of the samsung ssd migration app.
It copies your windows C drive to the new ssd.
Change the boot order and you are done.