09-26-2013 03:42 PM
I've got a Hp pavilion g7 Notebook PC with AMD A6-3420M APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.50 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 674 GB hard disk drive, running Windows 7 service pack 1.
That's all the info I know about it, and all that I know how to find, but if more is needed for a good answer, just let me know where to look!
I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to give my computer a little pep talk. I'd like it to work a little faster in general, and I would like my games to run a little faster/smoother.
I've read that upgrading my memory and HHD might be cheaper, easier, and give me more of a performance boost than upgrading my processor, but I read that on some blog that Google turned up. I don't know how true that is. I figured I can get some trustworthy advice here (I hope!)
Also, I believe that I can't go any higher than 8 GB RAM on this computer. I've got two slots, one empty, and I'm wondering why I can't get bigger than 4 GB sticks for this. Just curious. I'd like to boost my performance as much as possible without going through the same expense as buying a newer higher-end (and therefore expensive) laptop, so the budget for my upgrade is somewhere around just less than buying a new computer!
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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09-26-2013 03:48 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention something that might well be important to the questions I asked. I'm not completely new to the idea of working on computers. I took a PC hardware class in high school, and I have built a few desktops of my own. However, I've never cracked open a laptop (and I guess I should avoid actually cracking this one open as well, since there are less destructive ways!), and it's been about 6 years since I've done any sort of hardware work on a computer. So, I have a basic understanding of how this all works, but I know little to nothing about the actual hardware currently available or how they stack up to what I've already got. As I constantly have to remind my wife when she asks me for help with her PC Hardware Maintainence class, "What I know about computer hardware probably doesn't really matter any more."
09-30-2013 11:56 AM
Hello AlphaFite.I have included the specifications page for this model:
Now, you can upgrade to 8 GBs of RAM. If you currently using 1 slot out of 2, and the 1 slot is using 4 GBs, you can insert a second 4 GB RAM stick. After ensuring the drivers are installed and up to date, you will be able to use 8 GBs of RAM, which will increase performance speed. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. I have also provided a document containing details of updating RAM on a notebook. I'm only here to help!
10-03-2013 02:33 PM
Thanks for the info. The computer running faster would make me a much happier man, and the memory upgrade should be a fairly quick and easy one compared to uprading much of anything else!