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Upgrade RAM (4GB) or HDD to SSD

qDot

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#1
I have a notebook with 4gig RAM
It is fairly mid range ( Core I5 - 5th gen I think.)

I have money to upgrade RAM or SSD but not both.
What should I do first, upgrade the RAM or get SSD and upgrade RAM when next i have some change ?

I use it for general purpose stuff

  • 2 or 3 worksheet excel document
  • some word
  • lots of pdf
  • I live on chrome
 

Conack

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#2
If you open your task manager, is your RAM close to full the whole time?

All considered though I'd opt for the SSD for the biggest overall improvement.
 

stricken

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#3
Definitely SSD - will have the biggest immediate improvement - even your swap (when an app needs more than 4GB RAM) will then benefit from SSD.
 

qDot

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If you open your task manager, is your RAM close to full the whole time?

All considered though I'd opt for the SSD for the biggest overall improvement.
YIP, I find myself having to TASKKILL /IM chrome.exe /F once daily
 

qDot

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#15
You were right, i installed an SSD and I cannot believe the performance.
I can only upgrade to 8gig RAM from 4gig so end of the month i will get more ram.

One thing is for sure, I am never going back to hdd again for the operating system.
the hdd is still mounted for data only though but man, the performance improvement on this 4 year old notebook is jaw dropping.
 
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