New here and never posted so forgive me if I do it wrong. I know enough to be dangerous and am looking to upgrade my laptop to get a few more years out of it.
HP dv3510nr (about 4 years old but generally serves my needs)
4 GB RAM
Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Core Duo P7350
Hitachi HD 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache (only about 80 GB used)
Not my main computer but used for business: email, MS Office, lots of browsing. I have a desktop for primary work. The laptop has been running noticeably hot of late to the point of shutting down a few times.
I am considering:
Replacing thermal compound (Arctic Silver 5)
Replacing HDD with SSD (128GB)
Upgrading to Windows 7 clean install
Clean install of most used programs (getting rid of unnecessary and out dated programs)
Since system is SATA II there appear to be limited choices of SSD so I am thinking a Western Digital HD is sufficient (and cheaper). Would appreciate any thoughts/feedback on my plan.