Buying New laptop vs Upgrading existing/old laptop

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There is dilemma when buying a new laptop especially when budget is tight.

Whether to buy new Laptop by investing handsome money
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Upgrade existing/old Laptop thus saving handsome money.

Many upgrade their old system and enjoy the performance of like a new pc

Please share your view

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I have a dell 2 core 10 year old and an asus pentium from 2015 and a asus I3 from 2018.. The Dell is much faster than the asus pentium even with less memory.. Ofcourse for the I3 I replaced the HD with SSD and 12GB of ram which makes it fly.. Even though the frequency is only like 2.1Ghz,, So the CPU makes a huge difference.. as well as how much ram you can have and to speed it all up an SSD for laptop is a must.. This is because the 2.5 hard drives are very slow.. If you have an I3 or something, just upgrading ram and drive is better.. To see a difference you have to upgrade the cpu to a higher version like an I3 to an i5.., generation upgrade is pointless..

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alienteck wrote:

I have a dell 2 core 10 year old and an asus pentium from 2015 and a asus I3 from 2018.. The Dell is much faster than the asus pentium even with less memory.. Ofcourse for the I3 I replaced the HD with SSD and 12GB of ram which makes it fly.. Even though the frequency is only like 2.1Ghz,, So the CPU makes a huge difference.. as well as how much ram you can have and to speed it all up an SSD for laptop is a must.. This is because the 2.5 hard drives are very slow.. If you have an I3 or something, just upgrading ram and drive is better.. To see a difference you have to upgrade the cpu to a higher version like an I3 to an i5.., generation upgrade is pointless..

Do I need to remove existing hdd to install ssd or ssd can be installed along existing hdd?

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Dastro wrote:

Do I need to remove existing hdd to install ssd or ssd can be installed along existing hdd?

My opinion:
If you want to speed up things, avoid the old hard drive. Even if there is an option to have both drives, still i would say to avoid.
With OS on SSD, things will be fast, but then when you access data from the old spinning drive, it will be slowed down.

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Dastro wrote:

Do I need to remove existing hdd to install ssd or ssd can be installed along existing hdd?

On the dell there is a DVD and some adapters that convert it to a HD port but I never used it. On new models lthey might have a M2 slot for the SSD.. Other wise they dont have space or connectors for an SSD and a hard drive.. So it all depends on the laptop.. The 1TB space on the hard drive is tempting.. But remember, it also draws more battery power..

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Bhau aapka laptop ke configuration bhi batao

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i have 2014 i7 4th gen lenovo laptop. it became very slow so found that HDD was corrupted, so installed new SSD of only 256 GB and now works like very new. 2nd laptop i have purchased in 2019 of i3 8th gen but RAM is of only 4 GB so it was very slow. Upgraded it with SSD, works like charm now.
SSD will solve problems of buying new.

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I think it all depends on for what purpose you plan to use laptop.
If you want to give to your kids, other family members for their basic use then I think upgrading to SSD is ok.
If you want to use it for your primary use like office then better to buy new one , especially when laptop is over 5 years old.
One more thing to consider is how is build quality. My Dell , Toshiba Laptops lasted well over 8 years and I could sell them for decent money. But my current Lenovo laptop has issues with rubber coating peeling off, hinge going bad, one screw going bad, gap etc.
I am not getting any good offers for it despite performance being good.

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desisam wrote:

i have 2014 i7 4th gen lenovo laptop. it became very slow so found that HDD was corrupted, so installed new SSD of only 256 GB and now works like very new. 2nd laptop i have purchased in 2019 of i3 8th gen but RAM is of only 4 GB so it was very slow. Upgraded it with SSD, works like charm now.
SSD will solve problems of buying new.

I7 any generation would be enough for anything you want to do except like ray tracing.. If you really wanted power you would not have got a laptop anyway since they are much slower.. Also upgrading the RAM would give you a huge boost.. and they cost far less now. I think 8GB is like under 3k.. would speed up a lot of things like even SSD data would get cached into excess RAM.. I remember when caching came out and it speed out the computer so much, even 64mb of ram was a huge help.. 4 or 8GB of ram used for caching would make fly..

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mobileyog wrote:

I think it all depends on for what purpose you plan to use laptop.
If you want to give to your kids, other family members for their basic use then I think upgrading to SSD is ok.
If you want to use it for your primary use like office then better to buy new one , especially when laptop is over 5 years old.
One more thing to consider is how is build quality. My Dell , Toshiba Laptops lasted well over 8 years and I could sell them for decent money. But my current Lenovo laptop has issues with rubber coating peeling off, hinge going bad, one screw going bad, gap etc.
I am not getting any good offers for it despite performance being good.

I think the bacteria in tropical climates eat the rubber.. Since I have used such things for decades in the US without such problems.. Even DVD’s get eatten.. I can see the yellow color turning white and transparent and they wont work properly now. Originals are supposed to last 100-200 years otherwise.. Once you see the rubber getting eatten that means they are also eatting many other things inside..

Now sure how to fix this.. maybe store in airtight containers when not in use?

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alienteck wrote:

I think the bacteria in tropical climates eat the rubber.. Since I have used such things for decades in the US without such problems.. Even DVD’s get eatten.. I can see the yellow color turning white and transparent and they wont work properly now. Originals are supposed to last 100-200 years otherwise.. Once you see the rubber getting eatten that means they are also eatting many other things inside..

Now sure how to fix this.. maybe store in airtight containers when not in use?

That’s why I am going to use metal or better quality plastic laptop when I upgrade next.
Rubber peeling off is big problem as buttons(volume, on/off) become loose due to it.

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If your budget is tight definitely, go for upgrade provided your current one is still running solid without issues. In most cases Upgrading RAM and SSD will be enough.

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alienteck wrote:

I think the bacteria in tropical climates eat the rubber.. Since I have used such things for decades in the US without such problems.. Even DVD’s get eatten.. I can see the yellow color turning white and transparent and they wont work properly now. Originals are supposed to last 100-200 years otherwise.. Once you see the rubber getting eatten that means they are also eatting many other things inside..

Now sure how to fix this.. maybe store in airtight containers when not in use?

I have never read about any significant rubber degradation caused by micro-organisms & especially to synthetic rubber. Indian climate has much more dust & humidity compared to dry/cold US regions so that might be the reason of electronics not lasting here as long as that in US. Also airtight containers can’t stop bacteria/viruses etc as they are too small.

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bikidas2060 wrote:

Bhau aapka laptop ke configuration bhi batao

https://www.flipkart.com/acer-aspire-e-core-i3-...
This is the laptop I have
@alienteck
with some google I found that this laptop has two slots for RAM one is being used by 4GB RAM so I can put another 8GB RAM in second slot

for Memory-how do I know what are options I have when upgrading to ssd
@desisam

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mobileyog wrote:

I think it all depends on for what purpose you plan to use laptop.
If you want to give to your kids, other family members for their basic use then I think upgrading to SSD is ok.
If you want to use it for your primary use like office then better to buy new one , especially when laptop is over 5 years old.
One more thing to consider is how is build quality. My Dell , Toshiba Laptops lasted well over 8 years and I could sell them for decent money. But my current Lenovo laptop has issues with rubber coating peeling off, hinge going bad, one screw going bad, gap etc.
I am not getting any good offers for it despite performance being good.

I have acer Aspire E5 laptop https://www.flipkart.com/acer-aspire-e-core-i3-...
Build quality is good.
Still no one can tell whether it is 2 year old or 5 year old by its look but major drawback is its weight of 2.4kg

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Dastro wrote:

https://www.flipkart.com/acer-aspire-e-core-i3-...
This is the laptop I have
@alienteck
with some google I found that this laptop has two slots for RAM one is being used by 4GB RAM so I can put another 8GB RAM in second slot

for Memory-how do I know what are options I have when upgrading to ssd
@desisam

i have simply visited local shop and he checked and told me to install 256 GB or more SSD..i have never gone deep much in specs or whatever and let him install WD ssd

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desisam wrote:

i have simply visited local shop and he checked and told me to install 256 GB or more SSD..i have never gone deep much in specs or whatever and let him install WD ssd

Actually any SSD will do fine. Since they are all tripple NAND now but other wise double NAND is better and lasts longer.. Size dont matter since they are all the same size as a small size hard drive. The ram can be DD3 or DDR4 and any speed will do.. I found that the original RAM was 10% faster than the expansion I got.. But in real life that 10% dont really translate into much difference since the more ram the better.. And yea better to have someone experienced do it all since there are a lot of wires that might need to be moved and you can easily break it.

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Dell laptop screw threads are lost…
It make the hinge part broken…
Can someone tell cost of casing for dell laptop?

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geni wrote:

Dell laptop screw threads are lost…
It make the hinge part broken…
Can someone tell cost of casing for dell laptop?

usually less than 1000, similar thing happened for one customer, my friend has a repair shop in ritchie street chennai, he did gas welding of hinge and repaired it within 1000

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@Dastro Seems your Laptop supports only DDR3 RAM, make sure you use upgrade with same RAM speed with existing one if you are adding one more with existing for eg. if it is 1600 Mhz then add a new 8 GB with 1600 Mhz other wise if you have mismatch of 1600 Mhz & 900 Mhz for example both will run at 900 Mhz.

If you are going to get new one for both slots (selling the old one) get the one with max speed supported by your laptop. For ex. if your laptop supports 1800 Mhz (just making it up) get both new ram chipsets with 1800 Mhz.

With Respect to SSD, there are many variants with difference in performance, but for general usage you wont see any speed difference. If your laptop supports M2 PCIe better to go with M2 PCIe SSD instead of SATA SSD.

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kaviarasu wrote:

@Dastro Seems your Laptop supports only DDR3 RAM, make sure you use upgrade with same RAM speed with existing one if you are adding one more with existing for eg. if it is 1600 Mhz then add a new 8 GB with 1600 Mhz other wise if you have mismatch of 1600 Mhz & 900 Mhz for example both will run at 900 Mhz.

If you are going to get new one for both slots (selling the old one) get the one with max speed supported by your laptop. For ex. if your laptop supports 1800 Mhz (just making it up) get both new ram chipsets with 1800 Mhz.

With Respect to SSD, there are many variants with difference in performance, but for general usage you wont see any speed difference. If your laptop supports M2 PCIe better to go with M2 PCIe SSD instead of SATA SSD.

Thanks for the detailed info smile

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kaviarasu wrote:

@Dastro Seems your Laptop supports only DDR3 RAM, make sure you use upgrade with same RAM speed with existing one if you are adding one more with existing for eg. if it is 1600 Mhz then add a new 8 GB with 1600 Mhz other wise if you have mismatch of 1600 Mhz & 900 Mhz for example both will run at 900 Mhz.

If you are going to get new one for both slots (selling the old one) get the one with max speed supported by your laptop. For ex. if your laptop supports 1800 Mhz (just making it up) get both new ram chipsets with 1800 Mhz.

With Respect to SSD, there are many variants with difference in performance, but for general usage you wont see any speed difference. If your laptop supports M2 PCIe better to go with M2 PCIe SSD instead of SATA SSD.

DDR3 ram laptops don’t have m2 slot except in rare cases.

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@Dastro get Crucial MX500 from amazon for around 3500.
https://www.amazon.in/Crucial-MX500-250GB-2-5-i...

Use a caddy like this to replace the dvd drive & install ssd in place of dvd drive.
https://www.amazon.in/Storite-Optical-Drive-Cad...

Also check this review in case of high processor usage:
https://www.amazon.in/gp/customer-reviews/R2NH1...

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guest_999 wrote:

@Dastro get Crucial MX500 from amazon for around 3500.
https://www.amazon.in/Crucial-MX500-250GB-2-5-i...

Use a caddy like this to replace the dvd drive & install ssd in place of dvd drive.
https://www.amazon.in/Storite-Optical-Drive-Cad...

Also check this review in case of high processor usage:
https://www.amazon.in/gp/customer-reviews/R2NH1...

Thanks a lot smile

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Dastro wrote:

Thanks a lot smile

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No problem bro smile karma has some max limit one can give in a day/certain time limit.

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Dastro wrote:

Thanks a lot smile

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Keep a watch on tatacliq for the SSD and RAM. Usually the combination of coupon +card offers make it a much better deal than amazon and flipkart.

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mas143forever wrote:

Keep a watch on tatacliq for the SSD and RAM. Usually the combination of coupon +card offers make it a much better deal than amazon and flipkart.

Is tatacliq reliable?

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guest_999 wrote:

No problem bro smile karma has some max limit one can give in a day/certain time limit.

I have received 3 months Amazon Prime membership code from icici(I have already yearly prime subscription)
Would you like to use that? smile

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