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i bought an i5-6300u thinkpad for 100usd out of impulse because I saw it had a sim card and it was fully functional and i just got really excited. for the price, the computer is excellent. it works completely fine, it has usb-pd charging, has the ability to connect to 4g lte networks with a purchased 4g modem, has a fingerprint sensor, and the processor still works fine.

 

but i want to make some upgrades to this so it could be the best everyday laptop i have. I have a few already planned. I am planning to change the batteries, upgrade the screen (current screen is terrible--45% ntsc) and add the 4G modem so i don't have to rely on a wifi connection.

 

should i look out for any other upgrades? i may upgrade ram and storage, but that's way out of my budget for the time being lol

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I have a thinkpad aswell, specifically the T420 model. I've had it for around two years and I'm only just thinking about upgrading it now. Going to swap the i5-2520QM with an i7-2760QM as it's double the speed of my current processor. It currently has 4GB of ram which just... isn't good, so I did some research and found out this baby can hold up to 16GB 😎

This model comes with a hard drive so I wanted to replace the hard drive with an SSD, but it already has one as I bought it from a second hand store.

I am going to upgrade that aswell though, as the storage capacity it has at the moment isn't enough for me.

 

I think you should upgrade your CPU if there's any better ones out there which work with your laptop, your laptop will probably become a beast overtime.

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a nice upgrade would be another laptop

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i5-6300u

 

i mean other than replacing the battery and get an ssd, there's not much else you can do

u can throw more ram at it but that's kinda  waste when the CPU is that slow (u series is power efficient not fast)

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install arch :trol:

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@RiceUsesArchBtw On my 12 year old thinkpad, arch runs surprisingly fast - great option.

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get more storage in the form of an ssd, i did that for my old compaq cq40 presario (2gb ddr2 ram, core 2 duo, replaced hdd with ssd).

That works like a charm.

1: get more storage with an ssd instead of a hdd

2: dual-boot windows & smth like kubuntu

3: add more virtual memory (dont get more ram, thats a waste when the cpu is slow)

4: done!

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