No. RAM is what the CPU uses because it is much faster than any SSD. The advantage of the SSD's is in loading the initial information into RAM, so boot up is faster and opening programs is faster, but sometimes not noticeably faster depending on the program. Also 256GB, while suitable, is a bit on the small side, where if you are in the position of looking to buy, I would recommend a minimum of 512GB, especially if it is not that much more. In every case, it always depends on what you are trying to do as to what may be causing you a bottleneck in achieving that. When it comes to loading data into RAM, the hard drive speed will be the bottleneck. When it comes to multitasking, CPU cores and/or RAM can be the bottleneck. When it comes to gaming, again it depends on what games you want to play as to whether your CPU, RAM or Video Card will be a potential bottleneck. You can run whatever is giving you undesirable results and look in the Task Manager to see who is maxed out and in need of any upgrade. For example, I noticed the games I am playing nearly maxed out my CPU where my GPU was only getting up to 25% usage. I upgraded the CPU (along with motherboard and RAM) and something interesting happened, not only did the CPU usage drop down to less than 25% usage, but my GPU is now hitting 40% on the same games, meaning that my old CPU was also bottlenecking my GPU. I guess thinking about it, it sort of makes sense why that would be since the GPU is waiting on the CPU that may be tied up with other operations. Your entry level processor may be good enough for your intended purposes but if it is not, there is nothing to get around it other than upgrading the CPU or changing settings in games to a lower resolution with less bells and whistles so that the CPU can keep up. That is what I did before my upgrade, now I have all the bells and whistles and a high resolution and my games run so smooth now.