Worth upgrading 4th gen i3 laptop?

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  1. daphatgrant

    daphatgrant Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey [H], I was asked to speed up a 4th gen i3 laptop and wouldn't mind some input. It's a basic Toshiba laptop, 4 years old and has pretty much been unused. I'm wondering if it'd be worth upgrading it's 6GB DDR3 1600 (2&4) to a higher amount? It can support up to 16GB. Most of the 16GB (2x8) kits are less than $90 new. This'll be for light use, Office, Youtube, Netflic, basic web use.

    Regardless of what I do with the ram I'll be swapping out it's 5400 mech HDD with an SSD which'll greatly improve it's performance. If I did the HDD and RAM upgrade I'd be looking at less than $200.

    Thanks!
     
  2. TrailRunner

    TrailRunner Limp Gawd

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    SSD is a must, first and foremost. RAM - maybe. Check Task Manager under normal use, if it’s getting high in memory usage then upgrade otherwise you won’t see a real benefit.
     
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    daphatgrant Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks! This is pretty much my thought, 6GB isn't a ton of RAM but it's not bare minimum.
     
  4. rhansen5_99

    rhansen5_99 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Maybe just get a 4gb stick, so you get dual channel for a moderate cost effective bump.
     
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  5. Brian_B

    Brian_B 2[H]4U

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    SSD will make it feel like a brand new laptop if it had a spinner previously.

    Comments about the RAM so far are on point as well, but def start with the SSD.
     
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    vegeta535 2[H]4U

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    Honestly you should be fine with 6gb if you just use it general purpose. I got a old 3rd gen i7 with 4gb on win10. It was very suggish til I popped in a SSD and have no issuse doing day to day stuff on it.
     
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    daphatgrant Moderator Staff Member

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    I ordered a 500GB 860 evo, I'll start with that and keep an eye on memory use, thanks everyone!
     
  9. E4g1e

    E4g1e [H]ardness Supreme

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    A couple of years ago I did something very similar to a refurbished 4th-gen i5-4210U low-end Toshiba ultrabook that originally had 6 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and a lousy 750 GB Toshiba 5400 RPM HDD that had extremely bad random performance and took (literally) 20 minutes every time Windows booted. At the time I was planning to run the then-latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC on that laptop, so I upgraded to a 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SATA SSD and replaced the 2 GB stick of RAM with a 4 GB one, It improved performance while at the same time enabled GPU accelerated rendering that didn't get enabled when it had only 6 GB. Then, I upgraded to 16 GB and left it there.