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Thinking about upgrading my laptop -- what do I need?

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by DrAstroZoom, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. DrAstroZoom

    DrAstroZoom Canary in a Coal Mine Luxury Box

    Jan 8, 2008
    Springfield, Ill.
    I just got a Lenovo 300 Ideapad for home productivity. It's running speed is ... ok, but I'm curious about what I'd need to add to optimize its performance. Note: I'm not looking to turn this into a gaming computer.
  2. Bumrush

    Bumrush Stable Genius Club Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    SSD storage will make all the difference in the world. You should also upgrade the memory if it's under 8GB.

    An SSD drive will make even an old PC fast.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
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  3. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    It depends on what you're upgrading it for. If it's streaming movies and Netflix, then your internet speed in 90% of the equation. If it's gaming, then more memory is the way to go....or an SSD drive like Bumrush said. Upgrading the graphics card can also make a big difference but that's not always an option on a laptop.

    Looking at the specs, you have 8GB of RAM- bump that to 16 (if one slot) or 32 (if two slots). Graphics are onboard so you're stuck there, but the memory alone will make a big difference for less than $50.
  4. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity

    Apr 22, 2014
    What are you going to use it for?

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