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#1 11 years ago

I have a Dell laptop (Inspiron 640m) with a Intel Core Duo processor and a gig of DDR2. My video card is an Intel 950 graphics (I know it sucks!!). What would be the best upgrade for less then 150 bucks, if there is one! Thanks




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#2 11 years ago

A new laptop.

In 90% of cases the only things you can upgrade on a laptop are the CPU, memory and disk drives. (On some models you might be able to add an internal MiniPCI wireless card.)

Your CPU is more than good enough anyway, and you have plenty of RAM. As for your hard drive, well you haven't specified how large it is so I can't really comment. If you're looking for better gaming performance then you can't really do much, you're stuck with that GMA950.




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#3 11 years ago

Nothing really. All you can really change on most laptops is the processor (sometimes), RAM and the hard drive.

Processor - it's a Core Duo, so by definition it's one of the best around and a replacement would cost more than $150.

RAM - you could upgrade to 2gb of RAM but chances are for what you use a laptop for it's not worth it. If you play games then don't bother, with a 950 it won't make much difference.

Hard Drive - pain in the ass to change. If you need storage space it's probably easier to get an external drive.




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#4 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3380483Hard Drive - pain in the ass to change. If you need storage space it's probably easier to get an external drive.

Not necessarily. Took me about half a minute to swap out my old laptop's drive - remove two screws, pull old drive out, push new drive in and replace the cover.

If anything they're probably simpler to remove than a standard desktop HDD. :p




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#5 11 years ago

Yes but that only works if you don't have a lot of data to move and you don't want to keep the OS. Yeah, it's very easy if you're planning on installing a new OS and your data will fit on a DVD or two...but if not, it turns into a real chore. That's what I meant, not that it's actually physically difficult to do.