I have an older Toshiba Satellite A105
. It runs like a champ, but it's time to upgrade. I'd rather spend $150-200 on some new parts rather then buying a whole new laptop. I use it solely for some lower graphic games (Sim City 4, CoC Generals etc...), media and web when I travel. Specs are as follows:
Intel T2500 2.0GHz Core Duo processor
120GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
1 GB of DDR2 667 MHz in dual-channel
At a minimum I want to upgrade the RAM (4GB or better) and HDD (at least 500GB)... but I haven't the foggiest idea how to upgrade laptop parts. RAM won't be an issue, but I have no idea how to replace a laptop HDD. In addition it says it is Windows Vista compatible. If I upgrade just the HDD and RAM could I install Win 7? Or would I need to upgrade the CPU too? Currently I am running XP and I want to at a minimum have Vista on it, if not 7.
My two questions are:
1. What do I look for in a laptop HDD? Are the hookups any different then a tower
2. Can the processor be upgraded, if so are they the same as desktop CPU's or are they smaller for laptops? Again what would I look for?