Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm thinking of upgrading my notebook and I want to find the tightest bottlenecks in its hardware configuration to target my money in the most efficient way. So what software tool can you recommend to perform such analysis?

share|improve this question
But it's generally difficult to upgrade notebooks, except for the memory or the hard drive. See this question for some suggestions:… – sblair Aug 30 '09 at 11:57
agreed, more memory and a hard disk with with larger cache memory and higher spin rate, that's pretty much all there is to upgrade in a notebook. or a get a decent solid state disk for a real performance boost and greatly improved robustness. – Molly7244 Aug 30 '09 at 13:33
up vote 3 down vote accepted

If you're running Vista the built in Reliability and Performance Monitoring Tool would give you good feedback on bottlenecks. See Jeffs post on this tool.

share|improve this answer
Yes I use Vista and that's a very good solution for me. Thanks. – wheleph Aug 30 '09 at 18:19

You'd be better off getting a new notebook in some cases .. Memory and Hard Drive are usually the 2 easily replaceable components in a notebook. If you're thinking of replacing the processor or the mainboard, it'd be better to ebay your notebook and pour that cash towards a new notebook. Newer notebooks with good configs are available in the region of 500-600$ nowadays ...

As far as the software goes, you can run a diagnostics check up using the bios or use something like SiSoft Sandra ..

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.