I have an Acer Aspire 7720-6604. It came with 3 GB RAM back in March 2008 and a sluggish 5400 RPM HDD.
I am using Ubuntu Linux with openbox and I constantly find myself crawling to a halt with RAM running out.
So my question is, should I upgrade to 4GB paired RAM (I can only go 4GB, and waste the modules I have) or should I get a 64GB SSD drive (Kingston with TRIM support) and keep my current HDD as backup as I do have a slot to put one more HDD in my laptop?
I just want to avoid going into the exhaustive out of RAM issues and in general increase the performance of my system to put one more year onto it before I retire it.
I could do both but I would prefer to do the sure thing first just to avoid the added expense.
By the way, it's been a very trusty system so far, I would recommend Acer if you can stand the ugly looks :P
Edit: I do a lot of heavy Java compilation which also does unit tests on db (I know its bad, I use RAM backed MySQL to speed up things).