Computer nerds, come tither (is this laptop worth saving?)

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  1. dpwu32

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    I was given a second laptop not long ago. It's a few years old, and wasn't anything special when it was brand new, but was hardly ever turned on. I'm considering keeping it as a spare, and so I don't have to drag my newer lappy into the house from the warehouse when I want to do some work in the evenings. Is it worth making a few cheap/minor upgrades, or is the processor too old/slow to be good for much of anything?

    For what it's worth, it'll only be used for web browsing/work (chrome), and the odd spreadsheet update. I need almost NO storage, and will not be gaming, watching, listening/etc to anything on it.

    Acer Aspire ES15
    Intel N3350
    4gb DDR3-1600
    500gb HDD

    Looks like I can upgrade to a small ssd (120gb) and 8gb of ram pretty cheaply. Worth doing, or will it still be a bag of garbage? Is the processor going to be the bottleneck?
     
  2. Wayne

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    Freah OS install, ssd, ram upgrade will make a huge impact of you don't expect to use it for gaming and shit. It'll boot quick and make a great web warrior.
     
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    That processor is going to be a bottleneck. It's not designed to run anything other than ChromeOS. There are some projects out there that would let you turn it into a very servicable knockoff chromebook, but it will always be brutal trying to run windows.
     
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    Only thing to do is give it a shot.
     
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    Thanks all. Ordered a new SSD and an 8gb stick. Fingers crossed. Not out much if it's still a brick.
     
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    You can always find use for them elsewere should things go poorly.
     
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    Installed an 8gb stick and a 120gb SSD this evening.

    Definitely an improvement. Still not going to set any records, but should work nicely now for the basic use it'll see. Thanks all!
     
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