Windows 10: Want to Upgrade a Pentium D 920 (Presler) to a Core Duo 2 Quad ?
You may save a little money if you go with the 850 Evo vs. the 850 Pro.
Memory usually does better in matched pairs as far as performance (dual channel mode) , so 2x 4GB maybe better ? or 2X 8GB... if yo need 16GB, do some research on that particular laptop and ram upgrades.
I did, it has a mobo that can support 32 Gigabytes of DDR4 at 2133 MHz
Let me post the specs:
- System Memory RAM Expandable To
- Number Of Memory Slots
- System Memory RAM Speed
I always thought, keep your RAM even on 2 slots, 2 x 4 , 2 x 8, 2 x 16.
Putting one slot 2 GBs and the other 4 GBs is not great to do... Not sure if it means much.
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Type
Microsoft Office (Trial), Amazon Kindle and Care Center
Intel 6th Generation Core i5
System Memory (RAM)
Wireless-B, Wireless-A, Wireless-G, Wireless-N, Wireless-AC
Embedded Mobile Broadband
Media Card Reader
System Memory RAM Expandable To
Type of Memory (RAM)
Number Of Memory Slots
System Memory RAM Speed
Certifications & Listings
ENERGY STAR Certified
Number Of Ethernet Ports
Graphics Processing Unit/GPU
Intel HD Graphics 520
Video Memory Type
Hard Drive RPM
5400 revolutions per minute
Number Of PCI Slots
Number Of PCI-E x1 Slots
Number Of PCI-E x16 Slots
Number Of PCI-E x2 Slots
Number Of PCI-E x4 Slots
Number Of PCI-E x8 Slots
Number Of DisplayPort Outputs
Number Of HDMI Outputs
Number Of USB Port(s)
Number Of VGA Ports
Number Of DVI Ports
Number Of IEEE 1394 Ports
Number Of eSATA Ports
Operating System Architecture
Optical Drive Type
Additional Accessories Included
Number Of AGP Slots
1366 x 768 (HD) (Bad)
2800 milliampere hours
Well, you will have a nice 1TB HDD to put in a USB Caddy and use for Backups with Macrium etc if you swap it out for a SSD.
Hopefully it has 1x4GB of ram so you can buy another 4GB for 8 total, but it may have 2x 2GB , 8GB is likely enough Ram , unless you find a good sale on 16GB , you are not gaming or anything really intensive are you ? If you play with Photoshop etc the extra maybe worthwhile?
If getting just 1 x 4GB SODimm , try and get an EXACT match to the one installed for best compatibility.
Ok I now see the CPU has 3mb of Cache , that had me confused for a moment....
I always thought the same about the 2 slots of RAM which it has.
IMO, not sure how true it is, but it is best to have the same exact match on the two slots,
In other words, 2 x 4GB equaling 8 GB of two sticks of RAM, is much better than 1 x2 GB and 1 x 4 GB equaling 6 GB s of RAM in two slots. I might just buy one stick of 8 GB s leave the other slot empty for when I see it slowing down, and buy the second slot with another 8 GB s of DDR4. Then when it slows after that, get two 16 GB s of DDR4 totalling 32 GB s. That should be well enough for at least 2-3 years.
Keep in mind, no Nvidia graphics card, just Intel HD 520 integrated with the Intel i5 mobile processor.
Its a laptop, so I can never get one...
All the other specs seem pretty decent for a lower ended laptop. I'll pick it up Friday, let you know how it goes.
Just a tab bit nervous about the SSD, I want to make sure I am not going to have to pay MS a second time for Windows 10 Pro. Wish we luck! I need this PC for my Office, nothing special, but with all that DDR4 RAM, it should be breezing through Office 2016, websites, etc, daily stuff, no heavy gaming.
I never thought of that, I can buy a USB Caddy for the 1 TB Drive, instead of throwing it away! Thanks!
Windows 10 is tied to the Motherboard upon activation , so once setup, it does not care if on a SSD or HDD in Win10 , you can even Clone the HDD to the SSD once activated ( ensure Alignment is correct if doing that) . The USB Caddy would be useful for doing that. though A clean install is usually the preferred method , and since it is new you have no Data to worry about or programs etc , so probably best just to do it now with a Clean install. Leave the HDD as it is for a few weeks , so if you need to, you can slip it back in and boot back into win10. Once sure the SSD is doing ok you can use it for Backups . But keep it handy incase you have Warranty issues the 1st year.
If you're sure you don't want the "bloatware" , simply install the SSD and install Win10 Clean from a USB Drive ,and keep the HDD safe somewhere.
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