My girlfriend's three years old Sony Vaio laptop is getting really slow so I will perform a clean Win7 install on it in a couple of weeks. While at it, I'm considering getting her to upgrade a component or two. I'm suggesting her to buy a 120 GB SSD, but she is reluctant to spend $100 so I'm thinking of suggesting 8 GB of RAM for $50 instead and then use 1-2 GB with FancyCache. I have tested this a little myself on both my SSD and HDD, but my system is already quite snappy so I can't notice much of a difference, if any.
So it comes down to:
- $100 - A decent 120 GB SSD (I don't think she has room for a secondary drive, but maybe I can remove the CD bay).
- $50 - Going from 2 x 2GB/800MHz to 2 x 4GB/1333MHz RAM of which 1-2 GB would be used with FancyCache.
Here is the GPU and CPU in case there are some more obvious upgrades that I have overlooked:
- CPU - Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.20GHz
- GPU - NVIDIA Geforce 230M