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Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:15 pm
by pepperminty
So I have a 2010 Toshiba Satellite C655-S193 laptop. I was considering getting an SSD to get a faster computing experience. I went to pcpartpicker and looked through the 2.5" SSDs, sorted through price/gb (http://pcpartpicker.com/products/intern ... &X=0,94125).

Twenty-five cents per gigabyte, the Mushkin 1TB costs $250. This will definitely improve my computer's speed.

But then I could buy a brand new 2017Chuwi 14.1 laptop, with 60GB SSD, for $250.

Here's a pic of the current laptop: http://i.imgur.com/2uKSX1d.jpg.

What do you all think?

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:58 pm
by TooMuchTime
Okay, I spoke too soon in my reply to your message! I didn't know your current laptop was broken. In that case, the new laptop seems to be the better buy here. Just make sure the drives and RAM can be upgraded and I think you'll be okay.

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:00 am
by pepperminty
TooMuchTime wrote:Okay, I spoke too soon in my reply to your message! I didn't know your current laptop was broken. In that case, the new laptop seems to be the better buy here. Just make sure the drives and RAM can be upgraded and I think you'll be okay.
I read that the 4GB RAM is soldered!

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:38 am
by TooMuchTime
Yeah, I saw that too. Well, 4GiB of RAM isn't that bad. It does say that a RAM upgrade is possible but you have solder that too. Just remember, if there is a future problem with the RAM, you're pretty much stuck. It's an average system.

There are some pretty good refurbished laptops on Amazon for $250 and under.

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:24 pm
by BG405
Assuming it still works, a bit of duct tape should sort that out :-D .. but, seriously, the SSD sounds like good value. What's the warranty on that?

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:03 pm
by pepperminty
BG405 wrote:Assuming it still works, a bit of duct tape should sort that out :-D ..
Yeah, I just ignore this opening in my laptop.
BG405 wrote:but, seriously, the SSD sounds like good value. What's the warranty on that?
3 years for Mushkin SSDs. Warranty info here.

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:33 pm
by phd21
Hi "pepperminty",

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

I would go with a newer computer that has more power where system memory can be easily upgraded, Intel or AMD CPU processor at least dual core, regardless whether it has a SSD hard drive. Check for optical DVD drive and whether it is rewritable or not, although USB external DVD writer's (burners) are very reasonably priced between $25-50...

There are a few in this price range on Amzon.com that are new and refurbished, check for screen size, CPU processor, ram (4gb minimum), etc...
General search results - look thru these.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_36 ... &x=10&y=14

Dell Latitude E6420 Premium-Built 14.1-Inch Business Laptop (Intel Core i5 2.5GHz with 3.2G Turbo Frequency, 4G RAM, 128G SSD, Windows Professional 64-bit, Certified Refurbished) appx $250
https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Premium-Bui ... 0000-25000

Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6 Inch HD Laptop (Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 1.6 GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD RW, Bluetooth, Webcam, WiFi, HDMI, Windows 10) Black
https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-D ... 0000-25000

2017 Newest ASUS Premium High Performance 14" Full HD 1920x1080 Flagship Laptop Intel Celeron Dual Core-Processor 4GB RAM 32GB HDD HDMI WIFI WEBCAM Windows 10- Blue no optical
https://www.amazon.com/Performance-14-1 ... 0000-25000


Hope this helps ...

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:18 am
by InkKnife
Now is a great time to buy used hardware. So little advancement has happened in the last 4 years or so you can pick up a 4 year old PC for cheap and it won't be much slower than a brand new one at three times the price.

HDD in newer computer = still a slow experience?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:45 pm
by pepperminty
phd21 wrote:Hi "pepperminty",
I would go with a newer computer that has more power where system memory can be easily upgraded, Intel or AMD CPU processor at least dual core, regardless whether it has a SSD hard drive.
Thank you for your helpful post, phd21.

Won't a computer with an HDD give me the same slow experience, even if the computer is newer?

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:03 pm
by xfrank
A new laptop would be the best decision, except if you buy a cheap SSD with a lower capacity: for example: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6820721107 ($ 61). For me 120GB is plenty of space for a laptop, but If you absolutely need the large capacity SSD (1TB) go for a new laptop.

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:06 pm
by pepperminty
xfrank wrote:A new laptop would be the best decision, except if you buy a cheap SSD with a lower capacity: for example: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6820721107 ($ 61). For me 120GB is plenty of space for a laptop, but If you absolutely need the large capacity SSD (1TB) go for a new laptop.
I don't need a large capacity. I just wanted to a high GB-per-dollar ratio. :)

Re: HDD in newer computer = still a slow experience?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:38 pm
by phd21
Hi "pepperminty",

You are welcome.

A newer more powerful computer will run faster even with an regular spinning disc hard drive, but would be even faster still with a SSD (solid state drive).

The first option I showed a re-certified Dell has a 128gb SSD drive and a powerful fast Intel i5 CPU. But, you could get a brand new computer in that price range and get a new SDD drive to put in it.

Hope this helps ...

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:55 pm
by z31fanatic
My advice is save some more money and get a new laptop with an i3 processor at minimum. Those Celeron processors are slow.

Re: Should I spend $250 for a 1TB SSD for my 2010 laptop? Or buy a $250 2017 laptop?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:30 pm
by all41
At least check out refurbishers such as
http://www.blairtg.com/shop-computers/l ... cials.html
I have procured laptops for very picky people--blair has never let me down

The 2017 $250 laptop in OP (the 14.1" Chuwi) now sold out on Amazon

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:41 pm
by pepperminty
Sad to say that the 2017 $250 Chuwi laptop I wrote about in the first post (the 14.1" Chuwi) is now sold out on Amazon :(