Question Should i upgrade my RAM or HDD->SSD?

alanwech

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Jan 6, 2014
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Model: Compaq Presario 21 n1f7ar
Processor: Intel core i7 3537U
RAM: 4gb gddr3
Video Card: Integrated with the CPU


Hello, i don't have much money for both things/a newer laptop. So i wanted to upgrade my productivity by upgrading either my HDD to an SSD or buying an 8gb RAM module and replacing it.
I think an ssd will make everything smoother but multitasking will be just slightly faster (faster swap between ram/storage), but maybe the ram will keep bottlenecking everything, so i hope you can help me deciding.

I use my laptop specifically for programming in different languajes(Java with Eclipse, C# with Visual Studio, Android Studio works terribly in here but i expected to use it after the upgrade as an alternative for my main desktop pc), many[+5] internet browser windows at the same time, PDFs, Microsoft Office in general, etc. Gaming is not a priority but i do editing photos (for video i use another computer).

What's your advice to upgrade after this? Thanks for your attention!.



Ps: it's my second post in here so i hope it's well redacted.
pss: english isn't my main language, i apologize for the orthographic mistakes!
 

kanewolf

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RAM. 4GB RAM is too small for day to day usage. Programming really should have more RAM. A matched set of two 4GB modules would be faster than a single 8GB module if your laptop supports two DIMMs. You may be able to find two 8GB modules used that you can afford.
 
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