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"I want to get an Alienware because I want a laptop that can handle a couple games and the basics like word processing."

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Right now I'm looking up my Dad's netbook to see what upgrades it can actually handle. It's one of those "awesome at the time" Atom books, so I'm guessing it'll just be RAM and the hard drive. But this thing needs a speed boost desperately. Even if it's just a boost from 1GB to 2GB of RAM.

I mean, he doesn't use it a lot (only when traveling), so cost of upgrades are an "issue", but if it can get completely kitted out for less than $100, then that's fine.
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Right now I'm looking up my Dad's netbook to see what upgrades it can actually handle. It's one of those "awesome at the time" Atom books, so I'm guessing it'll just be RAM and the hard drive. But this thing needs a speed boost desperately. Even if it's just a boost from 1GB to 2GB of RAM.

I mean, he doesn't use it a lot (only when traveling), so cost of upgrades are an "issue", but if it can get completely kitted out for less than $100, then that's fine.
Biggest speed improvement will be an SSD... without a doubt.

Even if it only has 1GB of RAM, if it's swapping to an SSD it's much much faster than swapping to a mechanical hard drive.
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Finally hooked up my flea market Harmon|Kardon AVR5 receiver/amp, Sony SS-B1000 bookshelf speakers, and Polk Audio PSW10 subwoofer here in the bedroom. The receiver and speakers have been boxed up ever since the big move a few months back and the PSW10 got moved in here from the living room when I upgraded to a 15" subwoofer in there.

It's SO great to have decent audio in here again.... I've been using the speakers in my 42" LG TV for everything and they just suck so much ass.

No surround audio yet... although this old AVR5 does have discrete 6 channel inputs... and I DO have another set of SS-B1000's brand new in the box in the closet.......


The next thing I want to do is go to Walmart and buy a bag of PolyFill, and put some in not only the subwoofers but the bookshelf speakers as well.
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Without taking the netbook apart, it looks like this is the hard drive that's inside it. It is... not good. As for replacements, I was thinking either this Crucial M4 or this Mushkin Callisto.

Thoughts?
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Without taking the netbook apart, it looks like this is the hard drive that's inside it. It is... not good. As for replacements, I was thinking either this Crucial M4 or this Mushkin Callisto.

Thoughts?
I'd go for the M4, but that's based on my stellar experience with them... truthfully I didn't even know there were Mushkin SSD's out there. I used to like Mushkin RAM back in the day though...

I'd try and bump that 64GB Crucial up to the 128GB version simply for value and the extra space. But depending on what the netbook is running the 64GB version might get along ok. (XP I'm assuming?)
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Win7 Starter Edition, actually. So it'd probably know how to deal with an SSD on it's own without too much trouble.

edit: It's WEI score is 2.4 (love that Atom!), but the RAM is 4.5 and the hard drive is 5.9, both already significantly higher than the CPU and graphics scores. If I could, I'd recommend upgrading the processor and graphics, but since it's a netbook, both of those are soldered in so RAM and HDD it is.
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Win7 Starter Edition, actually. So it'd probably know how to deal with an SSD on it's own without too much trouble.

edit: It's WEI score is 2.4 (love that Atom!), but the RAM is 4.5 and the hard drive is 5.9, both already significantly higher than the CPU and graphics scores. If I could, I'd recommend upgrading the processor and graphics, but since it's a netbook, both of those are soldered in so RAM and HDD it is.
Yeah, Windows 7 will be good to go as far as the SSD goes. If he doesn't ever use hibernate you COULD manually disable that to save some space... but I'd think on a netbook it would get used a lot. But Windows 7 is SSD aware and will disable things like defragging on it's own accord. Pretty much install and let it do it's own thing...

If you do it, it should be a HUGE increase in performance for everyday tasks.
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SSDs are bloody awesome. We have a bunch of Sony SVE1511BGXS laptops amongst the sales team (Core i5-3210M, 6GB RAM, 640GB 5400RPM shit-drive, 15.5" 1366x768 display). Seriously, it's like Sony went out and said "hey, hard disk vendors, send me the slowest, shittiest hard drive you can find so we can knock $10 off our costs." And yes, that is the price difference between the drive they used in this model and the 750GB WD Black.

Anyway ... one of the 640GB disks failed, and rather than deal with Sony's warranty "support," I just snagged a 240GB SSD and threw it into the machine. It's like a whole new model. Bloody unbelievable.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:39 AM
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Yeah, I really want to get an SSD for my desktop. I could cannibalize the one from my chromebook, but it's not large enough for me. I only want one hard drive in my computer (weird airflow reasons), and 120GB is not enough.

edit: I'm looking at the Samsung 840 Pro (256GB-sized), specifically. Hopefully I'll be able to grab one in the next couple of months.
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