I'd steer clear of Seagate for now. Over and over I find them with out of this world smart values in 01 and 07. The user complains of many things like speed issues, random delays and more.
As to the triple display, you need a video card for that.
Wandering if you could critique my upgrade plan? I do no gaming. I use dual monitors but I'm going to a three monitors soon. I do some video editing from time-to-time, lots of excel and spreadsheets, stock charts, & some website building. It's not unusual for me to have 20+ Chrome windows open at the same time. My computer is 7 years old. It is a ZT system I had ordered this desktop through Costco for about $800 in 2012. I'm using the a single hard drive for my Windows 10 OS and my storage files. I recognize my old HDD as my greatest bottle neck and vulnerability. So the main purpose of this upgrade is to get my OS & apps on a SSD drive and add in a separate HDD for my storage files (I will go ahead and retire my current HDD due to it's age). And while I'm at it, I'll upgrade my GPU from the on-board graphics. Here the specks for my current system:
1. Windows 10 64 bit Home edition
2. MOBO: Gigabyte (GA-B75M-D3H)
* 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
* 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)(The PCIEX4 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
* 2 x PCI slots
3. PSU: 350 watt
4. Processor: i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz (with a noisy Intel stock fan).
5. Memory: 16 GB of DDR3 @ 1333 MHz
6. HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 5400-RPM drives 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 (7 years old!)
7. GPU: I'm still using on-board graphics, running two 24 inch monitors.
I really "wanted" a NVME drive (albeit, I realize I don't necessarily "need" the NVME): for about the same price as the Samsung 860 pro SATA SSD, I had my heart set on the Samsung 970 256 GB NVME SSD drive; but I learned that my MOBO wouldn't support NVME without a PCI adapter (no big deal) + reflashing/modding (big deal for my skill level). Potentially bricking my board didn't sound fun to me, or the learning curve to get the mod done. So I have resigned myself to just getting a good SATA SSD. So here is my revised upgrade plan for what my current MOBO can handle:
1. ($31) The intel fan is a little loud in my current build, so I'm looking for a better & Quieter processor fan/sink: CPU Cooler with PWM Fan, Four Direct Contact Heat Pipes
2. ($80) SATA SSD: Samsung 860 PRO 256GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76P256BW)
3. ($85) Storage drive: I wanted an affordable 7200 RPM ~ 4 TB drive for storage but the reviews were pretty bad. So maybe I'll stick with the same line as I had the last 7 years, just bigger: Seagate Barracuda Internal Hard Drive 4TBSATA 5400-RPM drives 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch (ST4000DM004)
4. (~$70) I'm wanting to switch from dual monitors to triple monitors; but my on-board graphics can't do that. And while I don't game, I would also like a little more robust video capabilities a dedicated card can offer. I do some light video editing and website building. Wanting passive cooling for noise control (hopefully I have room for the larger heat sink). My criteria were less than $90, passive cooling, & be able to run 3 monitors. Here's some I found: EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB or ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 Zone Edition 2GB DDR3 PCI Express HDMI DVI Graphics Card (ZT-71113-20L)
I would really appreciate any suggestions. I.e., do you think I should just upgrade my MOBO and get the blazing fast NVME SSD? Or does my upgrade plan seem reasonable? Any critique greatly appreciated!