Is it worth upgrading Lenovo laptop or Should I get a Mac

February 19, 2015 at 05:06:43
Specs: Windows 7, Core i3 2310M
I have a Lenovo G570 4334 - 15.6" - Core i3 2310M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD

My question is, it worth the money simply buying a Mac-book pro, or would upgrading my ram to 8GB, my HHD to SSD and if possible my CPU to i5 or if possible I7 be more cost effective and give the Mac a run for its money?.

Also I use my laptop prominently for professional Djing, however with 'Traktor' the program i use to DJ, the latency spikes and causes audio drop outs when I connect to Wi-Fi this is annoying when I have song requests and cannot provide for them, as I disable my Wi-Fi when running the program.

Would upgrading my laptop void this problem? or should I bite the bullet and buy a mac or similar speck ultra book.

Ps.. I am a electrical engineering student so the process of upgrading my computer is not a problem, however being a student money is tight so simply buying a brand new Mac-Book
is not really an option, so value for money should be taken into consideration.

Many thanks


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February 19, 2015 at 06:31:34
I have both Mac and Windows systems - including a Macbook Pro (4+yrs olde).

If you are watching the pennies, and have a reasonably current Lenovo (one that can be upgraded re' RAM/HDD and even to Win 8.1x) then that would be logically the cheapest path. A Macbook will cost you around £850 (UK) or the equivalent in your local currency; an upgrade to the Lenovo significantly less.

Not being a dj, nor familiar with the software you refer to, I can't say if the Mac with (similar software) would perform better than the Lenovo or not.

The wifi dropouts likely would also occur with a Macbook; and I would seriously consider using cat-5/ethernet if requiring connection to a network/internet etc. be it with a Lenovo or Macbook (if practical of course)?

RAM is the quickest/cheapest way to improve a computer's performance; as is keeping the system free (clean) from pests and assorted junk - regular scanning for viruses, malware etc. being the norm. Do this both from within the OS itself and via a stand alone bootable OS disk (e.g. a linux based variant); and there are various pholks here can suggest in this respect. Also keeping the hard drive clean in terms of temp files etc...

Processor upgrade - can't really comment... Other than to say that unless one is seriously number crunching (video etc.) I doubt it would make much difference?

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February 19, 2015 at 09:39:08
You you use this laptop for general use or only for DJing? If you keep the items that are running when DJing you shouldn't have an issue with your present specs. As stated above, more RAM may help. Are you streaming music using your wireless connection? If so, that is the weak link. Why do you need to do that?

Normally upgrading processors in a laptop can be problematic. For one thing, the processor may be soldered to the board. Overheating can be an issue too.

In i3 should be more than enough to play music.

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February 19, 2015 at 13:52:41
I Really appreciate the reply's,

I use the laptop for both general use and Djing, The reason I would need Wi-Fi when Djing instead of Ethernet connections, is that in most clubs Ethernet connections are non existent or un-accessible, Also the reason for wanting to use Wi-Fi when preforming is that I can download or stream songs that I haven't got in my music library yes but I would also like to connect my Nexus 7 to my laptop to enable a higher variant of control when Djing and this requires me to do it via WI-FI.

I think I will upgrade my ram from 4Gb to 8Gb and my HHD to a SSD and not bother with a CPU upgrade, Does anyone have any ideas on good value Ram and SSD components that would fit my computer?

Also I believe it will be the same situation as the CPU but does anyone know if upgrading my usb 2.0 ports to 3.0 ports is possible? and if so is it worth it?


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February 19, 2015 at 14:17:43
Checkout your Lenovo at re' suitable RAM, and SSD storage options.

Crucial have a (very safe to use) scanner which they can install and scan the system as is; after which their recommendations are given.

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February 20, 2015 at 08:52:44
You can't upgrade the USB speed. That said, some ports on your laptop may already be different speeds.

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