x-mas present ideas?
My dad has an HP Pavilion DV4-2160us laptop. I thought I'd upgrade it for a christmas present. Its specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, SATA HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, integrated graphics, etc. My Ideas (and rebuttals):
no-no because he believes that he absolutely needs a 500GB HDD, there's no second drive bay on the laptop, and an SSD big enough to equal the size of his current HDD is waaay too expensive.
Kinda-sorta a reasonable idea because he would percieve a bigger difference than there actually is (he's fallen into all sorts of marketing traps), and 8GB of DDR3 RAM is only $100, cheap compared to the SSD but still kinda expensive for me.
Not really that good of an idea because his i5 is already bottlenecked by all the other components, although he could use 4 cores (but it would probably be incompatible because of the integrated graphics).
Probably the best idea of all, because I think he has an open PATA (mini PCI-E) slot on his mobo. My only problem is that I can't find any laptop graphics cards anywhere...
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EVGA Supernova 850 G2
Cooler Master HAF 932