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drathelby

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I currently have:

4GB of DDR3 memory
AMD Dual-Core A6-4400M 2.7GHz processor
500GB Hard Drive

What would increase performance the most? Increasing to 8 GB RAM, a faster processor, or to a 128 GB solid state hard drive?
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:welcome: drathelby

Honest answer is all three of them.

Approach the upgrade from another perspective and you will get a better idea on the way to go.

Upgrading the Ram is the most cost effective upgrade you can do, whether upgrading to 8GB of Ram is an option for you depends on 1: The amount of Ram the MB will accept and 2: What operating system you are using and is it 64-bit.

The CPU depends on what MB you have, what are the upgrade options.

SSDs are great for faster boot up times but once control is handed back to the mechanical HDD the benefit of the SSDs extra speed is gone.

What are the MBs brand and model name or number.
What are the PSUs brand and model name or number.
If you have an add on video card what are the brand and model name or number.
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Motherboard SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. NP365E5C-S04US

Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)


I don't even know what PSU means.
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As the computer is a notebook I would upgrade the Ram to the maximum 8GB and leave it at that, the CPU is fast enough and adding a 128GB SSD in place of the 500GB would not make sense as you would fill up the SSD in no time.

I don't even know what PSU means.

Google is your friend http://pcsupport.abo...iles/p/p_ps.htm
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Thank you for your help.

I assume a 4 GB DDR2 RAM from an old laptop would not be compatible with this new motherboard?
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You are welcome drathelby :thumbsup:

Sorry no DDR2 Ram is not compatible.

Use the Crucial system scanner tool to find the best recommended Ram for your system, no need to purchase from there, write down the details and shop around for the best deal http://www.crucial.c...ner/?click=true

As an asides if you particularily wanted an SSD you could swap out the 500GB HDD and use it in an external HDD enclosure such as the example @ http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817392043 notebook drives only or the following example which does notebook and desktop HDDs http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817815024
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