Upgrade Options? Advice Please.

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June 28, 2016

Hello Techy Gurus! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for spending your time reviewing my questions.

I purchased a pair of Gateway Laptops (NE52224U). I realize what they are, so "don't judge me"... :-)... these are for my kids to take to school for notes, books, etc. (Did you guys know schools are eliminating text books and switching to online/eBook formats?) Anyway, I had option of ultrabook sized screens, 11.6", or getting bargain laptops. For $265... I chose the cheapest option (but also bought an Asus ROG G750 series machine for me (and kids gaming).

The AS IS SPECS are below and here are the questions I have:

QUESTION ONE: --- Can/Should I upgrade AMDprocessor?

-- Current configuration: E2-3800, 1.30 GHz, Quad-core, 2 MB cache

* According to Gateway Tech Chat Support, these are the processors that will get supported in your computer:

AMD A-Series quad-core processor A6-5200 (2 MB L2 cache, 2.0 GHz, DDR3L

1333/1600 MHz, 25 W)

AMD A-Series quad-core processor A4-5000 (2 MB L2 cache, 1.5 GHz, DDR3L

1333/1600 MHz, 15 W)

** AMD E-Series dual-core processor E1-2500 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.4 GHz, DDR3L

1333 MHz, 15 W)

QUESTION TWO: Can/Should I upgrade the HDD to SSD?

-- Current configuration: HDD, 1tb, Serial ATA, HDD RPM 5400

QUESTION THREE: Will adding another 2gb of RAM make any noticeable difference?

-- Current configuration: 6gb, DDR3L, SDRAM

What's under the Gateway hood:

Model # NE52224u

Windows 8.1

1.3GHz AMD E2 quad core

6GB memory

1TGB storage

15.6" display

AMD Radeon™ HD 8280

8x DVD M-DISC™

enabled - Wireless -

Bluetooth® 4.0 -

HDMI® -

USB 3.0 -

FULL SPECS FROM GATEWAY WEBSITE:

Operating System Windows 8.1

Processor & Chipset

[Information about the motherboard:

Chipset AMD Radeon™ HD 8400/8330/8240]

Processor Manufacturer AMD

Processor Type E-Series

Processor Model E2-3800

Processor Speed 1.30 GHz

Processor Core Quad-core (4 Core)

Cache 2 MB

64-bit Processing Yes

Memory

Standard Memory 6 GB

Maximum Memory 8 GB

Memory Technology DDR3L SDRAM

Number of Total Memory Slots 2

Memory Card Reader Yes

Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD)

Storage

Hard Drive Capacity 1 TB

Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA

Hard Drive RPM 5400

Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer

Optical Media Supported DVD-RAM/±R/±RW

Display & Graphics

Screen Size 15.6"

Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD

Display Screen Technology UltraBright

Aspect Ratio 16:9

Screen Mode HD

Backlight Technology LED

HDCP Supported Yes

Graphics Controller Manufacturer AMD

Graphics Memory Technology DDR3L SDRAM

Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared

Network & Communication

Wireless LAN Yes

Wireless LAN Manufacturer Atheros

Wireless LAN Model WB335

Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet

Bluetooth Yes

Built-in Devices

Webcam Yes

Microphone Yes

Finger Print Reader No

Interfaces/Ports

HDMI Yes

Total Number of USB Ports 3

Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2

Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1

VGA Yes

Network (RJ-45) Yes

Software

Operating System Windows 8.1

Operating System Architecture 64-bit

Input Devices

Keyboard Yes

Pointing Device Type TouchPad

Battery Information

Number of Cells 4-cell

Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery Capacity 2500 mAh

Battery Energy 37 Wh

Maximum Battery Run Time 4.50 Hour

Power Description

Maximum Power Supply Wattage 40 W

Physical Characteristics

Color Silver

Height 1"

Width 15"

Depth 10.1"

Weight (Approximate) 5.29 lb

Miscellaneous

Package Contents

NE52224u-23806G1TMnsk Notebook

Lithium Ion Battery

AC Adapter

Security Features

Kensington Lock Slot

BIOS Passwords:

User

Supervisor

HDD

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June 28, 2016

I own a Lenovo G505 with an A6-5200 and it's a fine APU but it does run just a wee bit warm. Slows down a bit on balanced mode while Web browsing on the battery. No huge slow downs though and can last me a full day without having to charge. Also I wouldn't think that adding another 2GB of RAM would make a major difference but adding an SSD would.

Nearly every laptop let's you upgrade your hard drive so an SSD would be preferable. I would recommend either a Crucial M500 128GB or a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB. It will save you a bit more power and lower the overall heat inside the chassis.

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