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Old 03-16-2016, 11:19 PM   #1
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Hello!
I have a 10 year old laptop that is somewhat slow and laggy. I could do a serious clean up and get some of the files off to help it out but I'm thinking it might be high time to get a new one. I'll put the specs here and maybe a knowledgeable soul can give me some advice. I use it for video streaming and photo editing on Photoshop as well as general internet browsing.

Sony Vaio CR31Z/R
Intel Core2 Duo CPU T8300 @ 2.4GHz
2.0GB RAM
ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
Windows Vista

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Old 03-16-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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I'm going to suggest you upgrade to a new machine. That computer will do the things you mentioned, but it will not be very fast- especially running Windows Vista.

You could improve it somewhat by upgrading to at least 4GB ram, swap the hard drive for an SSD, and install windows 7 or above. But the money for those upgrades would be put to better use going towards a new laptop.
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I should mention too that I'm on a tight budget and I wouldn't want to spend more than $500 on a new guy.
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Yeah I agree. The money would be better spent on a new laptop. For what you would be doing you would want a laptop that has a dedicated graphics card over an integrated one but this would be alright Lenovo i5-5200 15.6" 4GB/500GB/WIN 10
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Yeah I'd get a new one. No point flogging a dead horse!
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Get a new one there is very little you can do to revive that computer. If I may make a suggestion a good Asus could do you well maybe a Lenovo y series? What do you guys think?


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not on his budget of $500.
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The Lenovo Y Series are gaming laptops. For what OP wishes to do doesn't require something that powerful unless he would like to do some gaming. The one I mentioned is ok but doesn't have a dedicated GPU, You'd be wanting a dedicated GPU for photo editing but you won't get a laptop with a good dedicated GPU for under $500. If open can spend another $230 I'd go for this Lenovo which would better suit your needs https://www.amazon.ca/A10-8700P-1-8-...ZG6D1HC6FF6YED
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It doesn't really need a dedicated GPU. If you've been photo editing on your current laptop then a brand new $500 laptop will be fine (and better). If we were talking heavy photo editing and video rendering etc then I would suggest a laptop greater than $1000, but that doesn't seem to match your need. A new laptop with an i3 and no dedicated GPU should suffice!
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https://www.amazon.ca/F555LA-Full-HD...8677570&sr=1-1

$10 over the budget but worth the stretch. I would get it and then plan on adding another 4GB of RAM and upgrading to an SSD on down the road.
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