PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM/CPU upgrade?

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I know my pc is an antique by todays standards. Being frugal, I would like to upgrade it.?


I scanned at Crucial.com and got HDD recommendations. Toshiba c655-s5049 The only changes Ive made was a RAM upgrade- to 4 Mb Im not a computer guy, so my terms might be lacking... basic uses- internet surfing and streaming tv, ITunes. My current HDD is Intel Celeron 900 2.2Ghz Cpu usage spends lot of time at 90-100% Physical memory is around 34% crucial spits out a few HDD's that are stated as upgrades. I was considering this WD Black HDD 750 GB SATA-600 Part number: WD7500BPKX Would this possibly solve my issues with high CPU? Noticeable difference in speed? Are all the Crucial recommendations plug/ play/ reload Windows 7 SP1 and go? thoughts? Suggestion? Thank you! CC

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Unfortunately you can't upgrade the CPU in laptops and you've already hit the Max on memory with the upgrade to 4GB of RAM.
Sadly your old laptop has pretty much reached as much of an improvement path as it can.

From a frugality standpoint, you could actually spend more in upgrading than it would cost to get an entirely new laptop anyway.

I'd recommend keeping an eye on Woot.com. They have really good deals on there on Factory Refurbished laptops nearly daily.
Today it's a Chromebook, which you don't want as it isn't a Windows box but after today I'd keep an eye on their computer section there and see if there's something in a good price range for you.

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Mike Rigsby

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Areas of expertise: PC Hardware, Peripherals, Barcode Scanners, Printers, and Applications, Networking, Microsoft Applications. I am good at researching issues and have a lot of contacts in the IT industry. So, if I can't directly answer a question I can likely find the answer. Areas I won't be much help in: Apple Computers, Linux, older Networking technologies like Token Ring, or Thick/Thinnet.

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