Update current laptop or buy new one?

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tsupersonic
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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by tsupersonic » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:02 am

There's 2 RAM slots, but only one slot is populated with the 4GB. It's super easy to upgrade, and relatively cheap. Personally, I'd upgrade to either a total of 8 GB (add another 4 GB stick of RAM) or 16 GB (2 sticks of 8 GB RAM). If you're going with the former, make sure you match the RAM speed, which according to Amazon spec. sheet, it's PC4-17000 / 2133 MHz. Amazon spec sheet: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com ... aSuflS.pdf

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by go_mets » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 pm

wfrobinette wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:23 am
go_mets wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:56 pm
With SSD, my 9-year old laptop i5-2520 boots into Windows 10 desktop in 25 seconds from cold start.
Wow that's slow.
Plenty fast for me.

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by acegolfer » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:29 am

anthonyphamy wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 7:59 pm
Happy Sunday everyone.

I have a 2012 Dell Inspiron N5110 that is pretty well used. It can't last being unplugged more than 45 minutes, and the laptop hinge comes apart if not opened the right way. I just added Linux to the OS using dual boot and it has helped with the speed and memory usage. However, there is still mild lag when I have a lot of browser tabs open and there is a lot of lag when I play computer games on it.

Specs:
CPU: Dual Core Intel Core i5-2410M
RAM: 6 gb
HDD 500 gb

Would it be worthwhile to improve the laptop with a solid state drive (for approximately $60) and/or add some RAM to 8 gb (for approximately $50)? I found some on crucial.com. I don't mind the nonworking battery as it's plugged in most the time. Or should I wait to buy a new laptop altogether. I am looking at some that cost approximately $700.

Thank you for your advice,
Anthony
My 8-yr old HP 6460b laptop also has the same i5-2410M processor. I have installed Win 10 in a new SSD. The performance is better but not great. That generation CPU is not energy efficient and runs hot. If I were you, I'd get a new laptop. For the Dell, I'd put a cheap SSD and install Neverware Cloudready and use it as a chromebook.

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by wfrobinette » Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:57 am

go_mets wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 pm
wfrobinette wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:23 am
go_mets wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:56 pm
With SSD, my 9-year old laptop i5-2520 boots into Windows 10 desktop in 25 seconds from cold start.
Wow that's slow.
Plenty fast for me.
Wait until you get a new one. I went with PCIe 3 years ago and I cold boot an I5-6400 in less than 10 seconds.

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by go_mets » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:26 pm

wfrobinette wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:57 am
go_mets wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 pm
wfrobinette wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:23 am
go_mets wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:56 pm
With SSD, my 9-year old laptop i5-2520 boots into Windows 10 desktop in 25 seconds from cold start.
Wow that's slow.
Plenty fast for me.
Wait until you get a new one. I went with PCIe 3 years ago and I cold boot an I5-6400 in less than 10 seconds.
Interestingly enough, I was given a work PC last year. Didn't know the specs but I was not impressed.

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by oldlongbeard » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:59 pm

anthonyphamy wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:39 am
Good morning,

Again, thank you everyone for all your time and advice. I wanted to give an update as well seek more expertise if willing.

I recently inherited a Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM (approximately 2 years old) with Intel Core i3-7100U, 4 gb RAM, with working laptop hinge :D as my daily driver. I upgraded the HDD to a SSD for $25. I was curious how many more years I can expect from this CPU? I currently have 4 gb of RAM and will add 4-8 gb RAM more depending how many more years of life I can get out of this laptop.

I use this laptop mainly for web browsing, Microsoft office, light gaming (ie, Starcraft 2), and potentially coding in the future if I enroll into a coding program.

I will eventually add dual boot to this laptop as well, likely with Linux Mint Cinnamon once version 20 finalized.

I appreciate all you're expertise, thoughts, and time.

Thank you in advance,

Anthony
Put Lubuntu on those old lappies.... they'll run like a scalded dog.

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by anthonyphamy » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:23 pm

:D I plan on trying the new Linux Mint Cinnamon 20 now that it's released. With the new SSD and the 8gb ram stick I'm going to add, it should run it well, and if not I'll try the XCFE version.

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by wfrobinette » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:54 pm

go_mets wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:26 pm
wfrobinette wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:57 am
go_mets wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:50 pm
wfrobinette wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:23 am
go_mets wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:56 pm
With SSD, my 9-year old laptop i5-2520 boots into Windows 10 desktop in 25 seconds from cold start.
Wow that's slow.
Plenty fast for me.
Wait until you get a new one. I went with PCIe 3 years ago and I cold boot an I5-6400 in less than 10 seconds.
Interestingly enough, I was given a work PC last year. Didn't know the specs but I was not impressed.

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With PCIe? or the processor?

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Re: Update current laptop or buy new one?

Post by cowdogman » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:11 pm

anthonyphamy wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 10:58 pm
Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for the great insight, feedback, and advice. I truly, greatly appreciate it.

After reading everyone's comments, I decided that I will try to upgrade the HDD to a SSD, as a trial as well as a fun project. I found some fairly reasonably priced SSDs on crucial.com for $30-50. Does anyone have any experience with that website, and recommend it, or a different source?

I do agree that the laptop is on its last legs and will keep an eye out in the next year or two depending on how the SSD transfer improves the speed. For now, I'll play around with my current laptop, make some cheap investment upgrades (eg, SSD and possibly a bottom case cover to fix the hinge, although this particular laptop model looks pretty intensive to take apart) for fun and the experience. Then opt for a new laptop, likely Lenovo in the future when the current demand decreases a little due to all the work from home.

Side note, I am playing around with Linux Mint for fun, and having a difficult time installing Starcraft II on it. It's more difficult but kind of fun trying to do things via Linux. I must say that Linux does speed up things by a fair amount.

Thanks again,
Anthony
+1 for buying the SSD. I hate throwing perfectly good stuff away.

I've bought RAM and hard drives at Crucial--first rate company.

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