What would you do??? CPU vs SDD conundrum

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  1. Eric618

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    hey guys,

    I have a Gateway P-7811fx laptop that I'm itching to upgrade. It currently has a P8400 CPU and the OS and apps are stored on a partitioned 200gb Seagate Momentus 7200rpm drive.

    If you were going to upgrade, what would you choose, and why? I've pretty much narrowed it down to a T9600 cpu or a 64gb OCZ Vertex SSD. I figure 64gb is more than enough for my OS and apps. I have a second Seagate Momentus in there for my data.

    Thanks much! ;)
     
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    How much does each cost?
     
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    SSD. CPU upgrades rarely give significant performance boosts.
     
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    The SSD would be the most noticeable
     
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    You would not even notice a difference with a T9600.
     
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    Depending on what he use the laptop for, he might notice a lot of difference. E.g. when encoding videos for multimedia purposes, faster processor = faster encoding time.
     
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    15% is negligible.
     
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    15% is better than 0%. If he does multimedia work, SSD would have 0% improvement where as if he had the faster cpu, 15% faster encoding time would be infinite times better.

    Anyways...which upgrade he chooses really depends on what he's planning to do with the laptop.
     
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    No, not really.

    If you're doing media work, you're going to buy an X9100 or a T9800. You won't buy a mid-range CPU. An SSD will improve 100% of your system usage, and you'll actually notice the speed difference.

    I completely understand your point about media encoding, I do media encoding myself (Both lossless audio work and x264 encodes), and I sure wouldn't be going for a paltry 15% increase.
     
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    Hey guys, thanks for all of your input so far! My usage consists mainly of lots of surfing, some gaming with high system-requirement games like Crysis, and a moderate amount of PS and Fireworks work.
     
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