Advice - Do i need more ram? Got 4Gb atm.

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  1. bilabonic

    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    I have noticed my fan speeding up/noisier so i checked in Task Manager and my ram is as in pic.

    I only have 4 windows of Chrome open as well.

    Or am i just wasting money and there are other tweaks i can do? I still have not disabled Windows Defender etc

    https://imgur.com/a/lTNk9bc

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  2. Jdpurvis

    Jdpurvis Notebook Evangelist

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    Although Windows 10 will run with 4 GB, it will run morre smoothly with 8GB or more (depending on what you do and how many windows you want to have open). The screenshot you posted shows your CPU is not being pushed - to be expected with Chrome windows as the only significant tasks) If you post your system configuration (or add it to your signature), we could provide additional suggestions. It might be that Throttlestop would be helpful, but I cannot tell at this point.
    Keep us posted.
    Joe
     
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  4. bilabonic

    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    Added to sig, i'm not sure what brand/model my memory/HDD is, i guess the only way to know is to open up the Laptop?

    https://imgur.com/a/KDwln8a

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  5. Jdpurvis

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    My guess is that you would benefit from moving to 8GB or even 16 GM of dual channel ram (depends on what you are doing). I would suggest also that you have a look at the ThrottleStop thread (under Hardware). That freeware program can allow you to get more out of your chip. Links to the latest version of the program and the manual are in the signature of its author, UncleWebb. His hard work and sage advice have helped many of us gain more performance out of our laptops than the manufacturer intended. There are lots of folks on that forum who will help you.
    Joe
     
  6. bilabonic

    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    Yes i would like to remove the 4Gb ram and put in two 8Gb, ore one depending on price?
    Could i add an 8Gb alongside the 4Gb to get 12Gb??

    Where do i search for RAM, what type/brand do i need?
    Again i am clueless with this sort of stuff, but i have learnt so much since i joined...

    Cheers
     
  7. SL2

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    2 x 4 GB is enough for your usage. Yes, 16 GB is better, but not really needed. I have 39 tabs open and use 7 GB RAM, and this is not a system with everything disabled or optimized.

    High RAM usage doesn't make the fan run at high speed.

    Your best upgrade would be another 4 or 8 GB, together with that SSD you want, at the same time.

    A clean install of Windows is highly recommended when you install the SSD. My recommendation is to unplug the HDD while you install Windows on the new SSD.
    If you don't, it might make the new Windows on the SSD dependant of having the HDD installed in order to boot. This is a bad idea, if your HDD would stop working in the future, or if you want to remove or replace it, you'll have trouble booting it.

    Unplug power, open it, unplug battery, add RAM and SSD, unplug HDD, plug in power, install Windows on SSD from USB drive with the cover off, shut down, unplug power, plug in battery and HDD, put the cover back on the laptop. Do it at your own risk, of course.
    As you can see, the extra step of unplugging the HDD will take maybe another minute.
    You'll also might want to remove or disable the Windows installation on the HDD afterwards.

    Here's the service manual, see page 58, don't try to open it without reading the description, laptops are so easy to break when you try to open it.

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05493257
     
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  8. bilabonic

    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    I was thinking of using the existing image since i have done a fresh install/updated etc of Win 10 on the HDD.
    Copied about 240Gb data, transferred Thunderbird and all my email accounts, it is as my oldler laptop with everything in its place/all files/programs etc.
    I was thinking of just using the windows image tool, stick that on a usb, set it up on the new SSD.
    I would then format/clean the old HDD on my old laptop, then add it to me new one.

    I might be wrong (most probably am)......But i've read so much/watched so many vids its unreal.

    I need to get a decent SSD, i've seen the speeds of some and they are just as bad as a HDD when full.

    I also looked into ram and Crucial (i think it is called) auto detects what i need.

    Can i add an 8Gb and my 4Gb?

    Thanks mate, i would of been in ****e without all your guys advice and hep....PLUS patience.
     
  9. SL2

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    I can't stress this enough. A clean install is preferred, partly because you're getting an SSD, and partly to get rid of HP's stock image.
    Get an updated ISO, it's not that hard. The fact that you've seen a lot of videos isn't really an argument. :D
    https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/techn...icrosoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool (Move the advertising window aside.)

    So? NEVER fill a system drive. I can't see why you would fill the SSD when you have a 1 TB HDD as well.
    Or, get bigger drives!
    Add 8 GB to your 4 GB? Yes. My brother added 16 GB to 4 GB in his HP 14 (i3-7100).
     
  10. bilabonic

    bilabonic Notebook Guru

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    I have just done a totally fresh install via windows link and added every update 2 days ago. No bloatware on here at all. It's FRESH.
     
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