So I finally got tired of the old computer being slow. Saved up some money and bought a new Dell. It has a dual core AMD 7th generation A6 CPU running at 2 GHZ but it can go higher, up to 2.7 GHz when it needs to, 4 GB DDR4, 500 GB hard drive, and Radeon graphics. It seems fast enough for my everyday tasks and games, but barely. No lag on startup, just a slight lag opening apps or new tabs in Chrome. Of course I used my copy of Windows 10 version 1604 and installed it over what came on the computer to get rid of the bloatware, than installed the latest drivers for all devices I knew needed them. Had to turn of some visual effects, I think that helped, but it's still not as fast a system as I would like. So I need help with the following options. Should I...
1. Buy a 256GB SSD and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM to speed up the system or...2. Take it back to the store, spend another $200 to get something with at least a Core i3 CPU and 8 GB of RAM or...3. Buy a Mac. I can get a 2010 model for about 300 with OSX Sierra installed with 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB hard drive...
Keep in ind I have watched how to take this Dell apart on YouTube and install the RAM and SSD. Looks easy enough but I'm afraid I would foul something up. Local shop can get me a 256 GB SSD, install it, and clone my existing drive for $250. Not sure what to do here. The Mac sounds tempting...
OK guys, if your willing to put up with the bad music and length here is a video of my model being upgraded. I'm OK getting the screws and keyboard out, but those little ribbon cables might be too tricky. The local shop wants $50 to do it but the thought of someone else upgrading the system scares me a bit. What if they screw it up?
Dell 15-3000 Hard Drive Replacement
Don't worry about taking your machine to a techie, they do this stuff all the time and would likely do a more efficient job quicker than you could.
And 50 bucks is pretty decent, so me, I'd go for it.
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