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Hi guys recently started back studying and in need of some advice.

I have a HP Pavilion dv6-3070TX 15.6 inch Notebook

Intel Core i5-450M (2C, 2.40GHz/3MB/2.5GTs)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA HDD
DVD+/-RW Dual Layer with LightScribe drive
15.6 inch HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit BrightView display
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 (discrete, 1GB dedicated), Intel GMA HD (integrated)

Question is I'm doing a fair bit of Vmware Virtualization etc so i am first in need of 8gb ram.

So i was thinking maybe buying 2 4gb sticks of ddr3 ram and maybe a hybrid 1tb drive or a 256 SSD at around $300 AUD

But then i thought i might as well get a new laptop, but then again i only have up to $750 to spend. So i cant find much that looks much better then what i already have...

What's your opinion upgrade existing or get a new lappy?

Also seems to run fairly bad with windows 8.1 loud fan and pretty non responsive at times.
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I think your upgrade path is the best course of action, and probably a fresh install of windows, that should make things quite snappy. I would go for the SSD over the hybrid to quicker accessible storage. You could get a new laptop but its going to cost you alot more, secondly depending on your situation you could easily make a small desktop thats a higher performance and a fraction of the cost.
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That i7 would help but still I wouldnt spend all that for the small upgrade he will see over his current laptop.
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http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/K0B71AV?HP-ENVY-15t-Slim-Quad-Laptop-Best-Value

what about this? how much of a upgrade would it be??

The i7 - 4712HQ performs around 20 - 25% faster than the i5 - 460M in mulithreaded tasks such as VMware. I'd honestly wait till Broadwell or even Skylake for more of an upgrade.
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The i7 - 4712HQ performs around 20 - 25% faster than the i5 - 460M in mulithreaded tasks such as VMware. I'd honestly wait till Broadwell or even Skylake for more of an upgrade.

Can you back that up? I had the i5-460M in my last Toshiba. I've got the i7-2760QM in the current machine and according to raw benchmarks, the i7 I have is over 3x as fast.
     
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