Which component to upgrade?

  Why wont it work 10:40 31 Dec 2006

I deliberately bought an easily upgradeable laptop, so that I could improve it as I got the money. (It's always been a bit slow, esp. compared to my desktop). I know have enough money to upgrade one part of it. It's used for everyday work mostly, along with some video and music work/ storage. It's currently got Core Duo T2300 1.66GHZ, 1gb dual channel 667mhz RAM, 80gb 5400rpm HDD, Intel 950 GMA (which does not matter as it's not used for games). I was considering either:

a)upgrading to a T2500, as a faster processor should speed things up
b)upgrading to 2gb RAM- although in my desktop going from 1gb to 2gb gave no noticable difference
c)upgrading to a 7200rpm 100gb HDD, my favoured choice as I expect the HDD is the bottleneck, and I would also get more space (plus current one is really loud).

Which upgrade do you think would give me the most noticable improvement?

Thanks for your help.

  Technotiger 10:43 31 Dec 2006

Hi, I would opt for the Hard-drive upgrade, all your other stuff seems pretty good anyway.


  Totally-braindead 10:47 31 Dec 2006

I'm sorry but I can't help. I've never heard of an easily upgradeable laptop. As far as I know you cannot easily upgrade a processor on a laptop, as you say you might notice little difference upgrading the RAM - this really depends on what you use it for. And I also didn't realise you got 7200rpm hard drives for laptops. Are you sure you're looking at the right things. 7200 rpm hard drive as far as I know are 3.5" drives for desktops and will not fit in a laptop.
Hopefully someone else can help.

  Pamy 10:47 31 Dec 2006

you say your T2300cpu is 1.66Ghz, so what is the T2500 in Ghz?

  Technotiger 10:48 31 Dec 2006

Plenty of 7200's for laptops here ...

click here

  Totally-braindead 10:49 31 Dec 2006

I stand corrected. Went off and had a look and you do get 7200 rpm drives for laptops. Another thing learned.

  Why wont it work 10:51 31 Dec 2006

here we go

click here

Yes, it is an unusual laptop in that everything is easily accessible, for instance upgrading the cpu only consists of removing a plate at the bottom and unscrewing the heatsink (I have done it before, because I like to fiddle with things.)


  Why wont it work 10:52 31 Dec 2006

The T2500 is 2ghz

  Pamy 10:55 31 Dec 2006

That seams a worthwhile upgrade as well as the HDD, But whether it's worth the expence is another matter

  Why wont it work 13:43 31 Dec 2006

okay thanks, I will go with the faster and bigger hard drive.

  Technotiger 13:46 31 Dec 2006

Happy New Year

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