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So I picked up this notebook dirt cheap and almost brand new from a buddy of mine. It is primarily used for web browsing and some Word/Excel for my wife's business. I'm pretty happy with its performance considering what it is and what I paid for it, but I was thinking of upgrading it a bit just for the fun of it.

8GB GSkill 1333 Memory (up from 4GB): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231295

128GB Samsung 830 SSD (from 500GB 5400RPM HDD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

I know the RAM is total overkill but like I said, this upgrade is more just because I can than anything. Total with current discounts on newegg is only $130 for both. Tell me what you think or suggestions on what to change.
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Does your wife want/need a DVD-burner? If not, I'd go with an optical bay HDD adapter, so you can have the SSD where the HDD is, and the HDD where the DVD-burner is. If you go that route, there's a couple of threads in the first couple pages of this forum about how to find a proper adapter. Just throwing out a fun upgrade idea biggrin.gif

RAM is a bit overkill but 4GB is barely enough for basic use now (or maybe I'm just a tab fiend... I have very valid reasons for having 50 tabs open at a time!). I've hit 7GB on occasion, but most I hit from internet, office, and music player was ~4.5gb. Still, you may as well go for it; 8GB is a nice round number, 6GB isn't - not that the negligibly reduced bandwidth from having only 6GB instead of 8GB is a big deal.

Samsung 830, can't go wrong with that! I just did a 2nd clean install on my Samsung 830, now my laptop is even more insanely fast (ok, I couldn't stand the 35 second boot time.. anything over 30 is just too slooowww). Not an issue since I got it ~8 months ago.
 
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I like the idea of a HDD instead of an optical drive, but my wife isn't a fan. Plus she doesn't really need any storage space anyway. Maybe I will do that to my own laptop.... smile.gif

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I like the idea of a HDD instead of an optical drive, but my wife isn't a fan. Plus she doesn't really need any storage space anyway. Maybe I will do that to my own laptop.... smile.gif
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Oh wow that's a good idea, I always forgot about optical drive adapters hmm Raid SSD's in a G53, with a storage HDD biggrin.gif
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