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I just bought a new laptop a month ago and while it already meets my requirements, there's always space for an upgrade! The laptop is HP ProBook 450 and these are hardware specs:

  • Intel i5-3230M 2,6GHz
  • 4gb RAM
  • AMD Radeon HD 8750M

I'm thinking about adding 4GB ram and an SSD hard drive. I'm almost 100% sure about adding an SSD, but is the 4GB ram also worth it?

What i mostly use the laptop for:

  • Work (Android Development - Java programming)
  • Some games (not too demanding, it all works good at the moment)
  • Other normal stuff like browsing the internet, watching movies etc.

I mostly want to know if adding 4gb ram will speed up the PC in general, like faster compiling, loading games etc.

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Java programming? You need the RAM. Especially if you go anywhere near the bloated pile of junk known as Eclipse. (You may be able to tell, I haven't had particularly good experiences with it...) –  Bob Dec 25 '13 at 15:28
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If what you have meets your needs, then it's all about your wants. If you want RAM and can afford it, then buy it. :) If you want to know what having more RAM will do for you, there's plenty of info on here, and the internet in general, about the possible benefits. For example: superuser.com/questions/19362/…, superuser.com/questions/401818/…, superuser.com/questions/357758/…, –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 25 '13 at 15:46
    
Additional RAM will allow your BOINC tasks to stay in memory while you're working on other things. May as well donate your extra CPU/GPU cycles during the heating season. –  HABO Dec 25 '13 at 16:10

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RAM is cheap. RAM is good. You need the extra RAM for development to run virtual machines. You need the extra RAM for gaming. If you can afford the extra RAM and your laptop supports it, you should get it. If you install an application to fetch frequently used applications into memory for faster startup times, then you will be able to combine the capabilities of the extra RAM and the SSD in order to achieve better performance. No more waiting for applications to load. When you click on an application, it just opens.

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