Memory upgrade from 4 GBs DDR3L

dacul

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Last year i bought my syster, at a good offer, an HP Pavilion: i5-3230M, AMD Radeon HD 8670M, 4 GB DDR3L, HM76 Express chipset. Being under warranty i don't want to make upgrades yet and for what she use it for, 4 GBs are enough. But also i think in the future and i know that memory prices will rise as soon as DDR4 hit the market. Beside an ssd i want to make this memory upgrade and honestly i'm not sure if is it right to spend money on 8 GBs or 16 GBs kit. That means a price difference of $91, from $113 to $204. Any thoughts? Thx in advance.
 

vinman

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It all depends on how she is using her system if all she is doing is surfing the net and maybe some light gaming its a waste of money
Now an SSD would be a worthwhile upgrade either way, let us know the primary use and we can better advise you of those needs.
 

dacul

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It all depends on how she is using her system if all she is doing is surfing the net and maybe some light gaming its a waste of money
Now an SSD would be a worthwhile upgrade either way, let us know the primary use and we can better advise you of those needs.

No hard work from her. Just usual stuff. Light games yes. That's why at those specs I prefered for less money only 4GBs. I guess even 8 GBs is more than enough in the future.
 

vinman

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No hard work from her. Just usual stuff. Light games yes. That's why at those specs I prefered for less money only 4GBs. I guess even 8 GBs is more than enough in the future.

You just asked and answered your own questions stick with what shes got for now and add the SSD
that alone will speed thing up enough to satisfy a need for speed :)
 

Shell_Shock

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About hte RAM, I myself have an HP Pavillion Sleekbook and it came with 6GB adn it can olny go up to 8GB. go to the HP Site and look into the memory limits, i wanted to get a 16GB RAM Upgrade for this laptop but i can't :(
 

killjoyjim

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About hte RAM, I myself have an HP Pavillion Sleekbook and it came with 6GB adn it can olny go up to 8GB. go to the HP Site and look into the memory limits, i wanted to get a 16GB RAM Upgrade for this laptop but i can't :(
Well then Alex look's like you need to get a good SSD...
 

dacul

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You just asked and answered your own questions stick with what shes got for now and add the SSD
that alone will speed thing up enough to satisfy a need for speed :)

Yep, you're right. Thx again. ;)
 

dacul

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About hte RAM, I myself have an HP Pavillion Sleekbook and it came with 6GB adn it can olny go up to 8GB. go to the HP Site and look into the memory limits, i wanted to get a 16GB RAM Upgrade for this laptop but i can't :(

That Pavilion 15 series can be upgraded up to 16 GBs of RAM but only with DDR3L, 1.35 V for low voltage. And vinman was right, i'm not gonna use it for me, even her boyfriend doesn't game all day, so with an ssd and probably 8 GBs of RAM she's gonna be more than satisfied.
 

Cyberburnout

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That Pavilion 15 series can be upgraded up to 16 GBs of RAM but only with DDR3L, 1.35 V for low voltage. And vinman was right, i'm not gonna use it for me, even her boyfriend doesn't game all day, so with an ssd and probably 8 GBs of RAM she's gonna be more than satisfied.


First thing. Upgrading the Drives or memory DO NOT void the warranty. This are user upgradable items and they do not hold it against you. However if there is a failure and it comes back to be one of the parts you upgraded, they will not be covered by the OEM warranty. If for some reason you need to return the laptop for service, remove the parts you installed and put back the originals. This will save you a massive headache during warranty service. You also have a strong chance of not having those items returned.

If she does has a large amount of music or videos then a SSD might not be the best option. Go with a 1TB Seagate hybrid drive 2.5". You will get a big performance increase(not as much as an ssd but close) and still retain storage space. The cost is actually cheaper then an SSD as well. The 500gb drives is $79 and $106 for the 1TB drive. It has an 8GB nand built right it. I have one the 1TB version and it is really fast. This option is always looked over but it is really one of the best for mobile devices. I also use them to upgrade older desktops. As cheap as they are you can get 2 and run them in a RAID for some serious speed and still have a lot for for gaming.

If she is not using a 64bit OS then it is useless to upgrade to 8gb. Size isnt everything either. Have you thought about upgrading to the fastest memory the laptop can support in 4gb since you are saying she isnt going to use 8GB?
 

dacul

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First thing. Upgrading the Drives or memory DO NOT void the warranty. This are user upgradable items and they do not hold it against you. However if there is a failure and it comes back to be one of the parts you upgraded, they will not be covered by the OEM warranty. If for some reason you need to return the laptop for service, remove the parts you installed and put back the originals. This will save you a massive headache during warranty service. You also have a strong chance of not having those items returned.

If she does has a large amount of music or videos then a SSD might not be the best option. Go with a 1TB Seagate hybrid drive 2.5". You will get a big performance increase(not as much as an ssd but close) and still retain storage space. The cost is actually cheaper then an SSD as well. The 500gb drives is $79 and $106 for the 1TB drive. It has an 8GB nand built right it. I have one the 1TB version and it is really fast. This option is always looked over but it is really one of the best for mobile devices. I also use them to upgrade older desktops. As cheap as they are you can get 2 and run them in a RAID for some serious speed and still have a lot for for gaming.

If she is not using a 64bit OS then it is useless to upgrade to 8gb. Size isnt everything either. Have you thought about upgrading to the fastest memory the laptop can support in 4gb since you are saying she isnt going to use 8GB?

And that's a great idea. Why should i spend money on an ssd and buy a usb 3.0 rack for the existent drive, when i can have all in the same place. Thx for the tip ;)
 
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