Upgrade Advice


My laptop is probably 4-5 years old but up until today it performed very well, but I need to speed it up. After having it next to my Dad’s i realised it’s pretty dam slow.
I asked a shop for advice and pricing but nobody has come back to me.
Currently it is a Proline W150HNM
i5 - 2410 2.3ghz x 4 cores
The Graphics confuses me as it says NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M and also Intel® HD Graphics 3000 under a separate category.

Long story short - I am not going to game on this Laptop. I need it for work.

As an initial upgrade should I look at RAM or an SSD first?


I would say an SSD is a good choice to speed up an older pc for everyday tasks


yeah, but in this case I’d jack up the RAM to at least 8GB before slapping in a SSD


Once a laptop gets 5years+ old, it is rarely worth it to upgrade it.
If it is only for work and running a bit slow, then perhaps a format is in order?


Combination of Format and upping RAM will bring it back up to decent standards…unless you have an ssd elsewhere and are “spoilt” with its speed, i’d say thats a purchase further down the line. It IS a 2nd gen intel, so getting long in the teeth I reckon but not so much so that it should be crawling…


I’d say go with an SSD. We’ve taken some older laptops here at work and exchanged the hard drives with SSDs and the machines were much quicker.


If you want to part with that 540M, let me know… My laptop’s 570M packed it in and I need a replacement… (we’d have to confirm compatibility)


Thanks for the advice - unfortunately replacing it is not viable right now as the laptop I really want is about R25k.


That is DEF not just for office work then :stuck_out_tongue:


And simply because I’m the devil. Install Linux on there and really unlock the performance.

I have a couple of old laptops that I use with various flavors of Linux loaded and you’ll barely notice that it’s an old ass laptop. Besides, plenty of Steam titles support Linux these days.

To name but a few :

  • Rocket League
  • CS:GO
  • Euro Truck Sim
  • DOTA2
  • Civ5
  • Borderlands 2
  • Cities Skylines
  • XCOM and XCOM2

so you’ll be slighly spoilt for games, unlike a couple of years ago


You planning on doing some CAD?


4D Virtual Reality rendering? :stuck_out_tongue:


Highjacking this title.

I can’t find my ram in stock anywhere will this work with my current ram?

Edit will this also work?


Yes, but I don’t recommend mixing different speeds for a number of reasons.

Rather get a 4x4GB or 2x8GB kit and replace everything or run the risk of dealing with odd memory issues.


Do you mean the 1600mhz speed or something else?


Yeah, it’s not recommend to mix different clock rates. Depending on your motherboard and which slots you use it might work, but you might experience issues.

Modules rated at different speeds can be run in dual-channel mode, although the motherboard will then run all memory modules at the speed of the slowest module. Some motherboards, however, have compatibility issues with certain brands or models of memory when attempting to use them in dual-channel mode. For this reason, it is generally advised to use identical pairs of memory modules, which is why most memory manufacturers now sell “kits” of matched-pair DIMMs. Several motherboard manufacturers only support configurations where a “matched pair” of modules are used. A matching pair needs to match in:

  • Capacity (e.g. 1024 MB). Certain Intel chipsets support different capacity chips in what they call Flex Mode: the capacity that can be matched is run in dual-channel, while the remainder runs in single-channel.
  • Speed (e.g. PC5300). If speed is not the same, the lower speed of the two modules will be used. Likewise, the higher latency of the two modules will be used.
  • Same CAS Latency (CL) or Column Address Strobe.
  • Number of chips and sides (e.g. two sides with four chips on each side).
  • Matching size of rows and columns.


Okay cool since the ones I have in now is also 1600 but running at 1333 because of my mother board this would work as long as the cas latency is also the same it should be fine.