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Would an SSD improve my old netbook?

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Hi,

I have an old Asus EEE PC netbook. It has an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 2GB DDR2 memory (I upgraded it from 1GB), Windows 7 Starter 32bit, 250GB HDD. I like this small netbook a lot, it has excellent sound (I often use it as an internet radio with a 2.1 speaker system), it is lightweight and fits perfectly in any of my backpacks :-) and it has 6-8hrs real life battery life (and I have 3 batteries :-)). It is enough for listening to internet radios, ebook reading, basic word processing and spreadsheeting, and basic internet browsing, SD videos and even for most of my (pre-2002) GOG old games that I like :-) that's pretty much what are use it for. So I am not very keen on replacing it. But, it indeed could be a bit faster, I often end up in watching the "busy" cursor... (Everything in Windows/applications is already tweeked for best performance already.) However, I don't want to spend money and time on upgrading it (it is not very easy to open it up) unless it makes a real difference. So my questions are:

A) Replacing its HDD with a fast SSD (120/128GB would be more than enough). The HDD is still fine, no reallocated sectors etc., but I know SSD's a lot faster (I have them in my desktop an full size laptop). However, I'm not sure it would make a real difference in this case, because the Windows Experience Index is as follows: Processor 2.3 / Memory 4.5 / Graphics 2.5 / Gaming graphics 3.0 / Primary hard disk 5.9. So the processor and the graphics chipset has LOT lower scores than the HDD - the HDD actually has the highest score of all, so that seems to be the fastest part of the system already. What do you think?

B) Replacing its single-core (although hyperthreaded) N450 processor with a dual-core N550. Again, I wouldn't make this unless it means a big jump in performance. N550 vs N450 performance tests show only 25-40% better performance (no 10x speed difference as between HDD and SSD), and N550 draws more power. Plus the BIOS is pretty much locked, so I don't know whether the computer would start with the new procesor at all. Plus I would need to take the netbook apart into pieces... Plus, it's not easy to get a second-hand N550... What do you think?

Thank you
    
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post #2 of 7
1. Yes the ssd would make a difference, even though you're limited on SATA speeds, you would see a big jump in responsiveness.

2. The CPU is soldered to the motherboard and non replaceable, so that will be a no go.
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post #3 of 7
I wouldn't install an SSD. Your CPU is the biggest bottleneck. Most things will load faster, but it wouldn't really make the machine more responsive...
post #4 of 7
You know what they say about polishing a turd?

If you get an SSD, put it in something that's worthy of its presence.
     
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Thank you for all the answers.

Yes, I think sooner or later I will have to buy a new netbook (or rather, small notebook). Only thing is that Windows 9 comes out sometime next summer only, and I really heat Windows 8 with a vengeance :-) So I think I will live with my good old netbook for a year more and then buy something nice (I have a large laptop and a PC as well anyway, so there's no rush).
    
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oops :-) "really heat" => "really hate" :-) Funny typo
    
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post #7 of 7
I would throw a small 64GB ssd in it personally.

I used to have a 1201n (though beefier in terms of netbook) and would fly after installing a WD ssd 128GB, used it for school and light gaming until I got something else a few months later

With that said, I wouldnt put anything over a hundred bucks into it. It would really just be a typing/browser etc
    
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