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Upgrade Inspiron 1750 or buy HP dv7-6165us?

February 15, 2012 at 07:41:59
Specs: Windows 7, 2GB

I'm stuck between buying upgrades up-front for about $560 for my girlfriend's Inspiron 1750. I'd be upgrading to the following:

Core 2 Duo T9300
8GB PC2-6400 RAM
500GB Momentus XT hard drive
Mini PCIe Broadcom BCM970015 HD accelerator (GMA graphics adapter :P)
USB mini wireless adapter

or buy a HP dv7-6165us for ~$900:
AMD Quad Core A8-3500M
8GB DDR3
640GB 5400rpm hard drive (no clue what make and model)
AMD Radeon HD 6750M (1 GB GDDR5 dedicated)

She uses her laptop to watch Youtube videos and play MP3's, which right now is skipping. I figure the upgrades for her laptop would help tremendously and a brand new laptop might be a little over kill. Although a Fusion based laptop isn't a gaming rig by any means to my understanding.


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#1
February 15, 2012 at 08:45:30

You don't need to upgrade or buy a new laptop to watch you tube videos and listen to mp3"s. You can do that on an old pentium 4. Eight gigs of ram would be a waste of money too. You wouldn't need more than four unless you have software that uses more than that. What is the problem? Is it the video or mp3's or both?

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#2
February 15, 2012 at 09:12:53

"She uses her laptop to watch Youtube videos and play MP3's"

I have done this on some of the higher end pentium 3's with 512mb of ram (10 years old)
You have other issues.

get a new laptop and you will soon have other issues on that.

larry


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#3
February 15, 2012 at 09:24:13

It would be helpful to know the current specs for the Inspiron 1750, but I agree with grasshopper & larryf215. You do NOT need a killer machine to listen to MP3s & watch Youtube videos.

Upgrading the RAM amount to 4GB makes sense, 8GB does not. And as long as you have a dual core CPU (Pentium?), I doubt a CPU upgrade is necessary. The Broadcom accelerator definitely isn't needed & as long as the laptop has a built-in wireless adapter, why would you need the USB adapter? What is the purpose of the HDD upgrade?

If you want the Inspiron to run as it's best & you're capable of doing a complete reinstall of Windows, that's what I'd recommend. If it were my laptop, I would wipe out ALL partitioning, then create 2 new partitions - one for the OS, the other for Storage. Format (NTFS), then do a clean install of Win7 using a retail disk. Install the latest device drivers, run Windows Update, install a lightweight anti-virus such as Microsoft's free Security Essentials, then tweak Windows for best performance.


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