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    Quote Originally Posted by robertlempriere
    in summary:

    1. get a new fan installed
    2. new RAM - 8gb is a minimum these days
    3. change to SSD for the HDD
    4. re-apply thermal paste to the CPU
    5. install Windows 10

    you'll have a laptop that runs as well as a new one for ~2000

    Do I need to change the SSD to HDD?
    Just read this article, says SSD is recommended for faster performance and bootup
    SSD vs HDD | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews


    Also just checked my RAM, this is what I got:
    Processor: Intel(R) core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
    2.53 GHz
    Installed memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (7. 86 GB usable)
    System type: 64-bit Operating System

    Is this good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997
    Do I need to change the SSD to HDD?
    Just read this article, says SSD is recommended for faster performance and bootup
    SSD vs HDD | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews


    Also just checked my RAM, this is what I got:
    Processor: Intel(R) core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
    2.53 GHz
    Installed memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (7. 86 GB usable)
    System type: 64-bit Operating System

    Is this good?
    Address the fan/overheating problem first. See where you are. If after that the laptop seems healthier, add some more RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huja
    Address the fan/overheating problem first. See where you are. If after that the laptop seems healthier, add some more RAM.
    Eh? He's got 8 gig! 8 gig is plenty!
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    Points 1, 4, 5 address your system instability. Point 4 imo is a long shot. I have never known anyone who had to do that.

    Points 2, 3 will make your machine faster. Installing an SSD will make your system hugely faster, additional RAM much less so (and will be a bit expensive with a laptop). I would recommend not bothering with RAM. But in any case, sort out the instability first.

    The laptop spec is high. There is no reason to be replacing that for another three years unless some super amazing tech comes along that you really need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997
    Do I need to change the SSD to HDD?
    Also just checked my RAM, this is what I got:
    Processor: Intel(R) core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
    2.53 GHz
    Installed memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (7. 86 GB usable)
    System type: 64-bit Operating System
    Your RAM and CPU are fine.
    Is it a desktop or a laptop?

    Either way - changing to an SSD as your primary drive will yield a huge performance improvement.
    If you have a laptop, you will only be able to have one drive, so get the 250GB model
    If you have a desktop, you could get away with a 120GB but I would recommend the 250GB, additionally you can have a larger (3 or 4tb) regular drive for storage - you install Windows on the SSD and keep your data/files/music/movies on the regular drive

    Don't wait - get the SSD now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertlempriere
    Don't wait - get the SSD now!
    However, don't get the product marketed as SSDNOW

    That is a specific Kingston product which is a bit shit. It started out well, then Kingston went and swapped in a bunch of slower parts without changing the product name.

    Just get a Samsung 850 Evo if you don't want to do any research.

    Kingston SSDNow V Series Solid-State Drives for Consumers - Kingston

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    ""Either way - changing to an SSD as your primary drive will yield a huge performance improvement.

    If you have a laptop, you will only be able to have one drive, so get the 250GB model""

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Occasionally one will find sellers offering "secondhand" SSDs. I've got 4 here. One removed from a Netbook I refitted with its original "Viagra" (Hard) Disk prior to selling it.

    I picked up a 500GB Samsung from a Cathay pilot for $1400 several months ago and it is now in my upgraded to Win 10 Lenovo 440e - and it is FAST!

    Even a relatively "small" capacity SSD can be good value for money when bought secondhand. Most on my other SSDs are around 120-150 GB. Family is overjoyed by the speed increase - and NOT having to worry that the storage media (Viagra Disk) will be wrecked by intercontinental travel "bumps".

    Years back - travelling on an allegedly "fast" inter-country train between Russia & Finland - I didn't dare to switch on as there were far too many bumps in the tracks... How I longed for the smoothness of the "rocketing" Chinese trains.






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    500GB Samsungs are going for 1300 now, so I hope you got a Pro version for 1400.


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    Quote Originally Posted by huja
    Address the fan/overheating problem first. See where you are. If after that the laptop seems healthier, add some more RAM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Enderman
    Eh? He's got 8 gig! 8 gig is plenty!
    I hardly ever store anything on the laptop, everything is on my USB stick or else my external harddrive which is like 15 or 50 or 500 TB (can't remember exactly, but it's freaking huge) lol


    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    Points 1, 4, 5 address your system instability. Point 4 imo is a long shot. I have never known anyone who had to do that.

    Points 2, 3 will make your machine faster. Installing an SSD will make your system hugely faster, additional RAM much less so (and will be a bit expensive with a laptop). I would recommend not bothering with RAM. But in any case, sort out the instability first.

    The laptop spec is high. There is no reason to be replacing that for another three years unless some super amazing tech comes along that you really need.
    yeah, I'll head to the computer centres out in Mong Kok and SSP for some quotes and write a little review here when I get back.
    Would they also apply that thermal paste stuff for me too if I decide to go that route? I'm really afraid of doing it myself as I'm a complete noob when it comes to this type of stuff and most definately mess it up =/


    Quote Originally Posted by robertlempriere
    Your RAM and CPU are fine.
    Is it a desktop or a laptop?

    Either way - changing to an SSD as your primary drive will yield a huge performance improvement.
    If you have a laptop, you will only be able to have one drive, so get the 250GB model
    Laptop =)
    What's the type of drive that's in my laptop now? Can you recommend a place where I can pick it up for a good price? XDD What price would the SSD be in HK roughly?
    I'm assuming it comes with one year warranty if bought on those more mainstream stores like Broadway, etc. but none when purchased from those computer malls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997

    yeah, I'll head to the computer centres out in Mong Kok and SSP for some quotes and write a little review here when I get back.
    Would they also apply that thermal paste stuff for me too if I decide to go that route? I'm really afraid of doing it myself as I'm a complete noob when it comes to this type of stuff and most definately mess it up =/
    No idea, sorry. I've never had to have a laptop replaced by a hole in the wall store. I can't remember if you mentioned already (this thread has turned into a mess), but have you brought it back to the Fujitsu service centre? The Lenovo centre is amazing for repairs.


    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997
    Laptop =)
    What's the type of drive that's in my laptop now? Can you recommend a place where I can pick it up for a good price? XDD What price would the SSD be in HK roughly?
    I'm assuming it comes with one year warranty if bought on those more mainstream stores like Broadway, etc. but none when purchased from those computer malls.
    You probably have a 2.5" SATA hard drive, spinning magnetic disks. Any computer store will sell and SSD. Two of the more established ones would be Centralfield in SSP, and Jumbo in HK.

    Get a Samsung 850 Evo at whatever size you need. 250GB is about $730. I believe these drives come with 3 year warranties, and 5 or 10 for the 850 Pro series which cost about 30% more. Warranty is provided by the drive distributor, not the retailer. And I don't think they sell drives at Fortress/Broadway.
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