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Upgrading my laptop

Go to solution Solved by LukeSavenije,

As suggested by @Jurrunio I would go to 8 gigs of ram. Also, 1 mhz isnt going to give you any difference

Hi LinusTechTips forum,

  When I was playing Fortnite, I realized how lag it is when I even tried to go low mode. I wanted to upgrade my laptop. I have better experience playing in medium graphics though. I don't actually know what to upgrade actually. Should I upgrade my RAM or upgrade my drive? I have a 500GB HDD and a 4GB RAM. I always got 100% Disk and every time I turn on Fortnite, my RAM went 94%. I lag so bad that once I got BSOD. I hope I get respond soon.

 

Windows 10 Pro

Intel Core i5 5200U 2.20GHz 2.19GHz (and anyways, it said 2.20GHz then 2.19GHz, I don't get it :(( )

Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500

500GB HDD

4GB RAM

 

Thanks for supportng me!

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RAM to 8GB should make things more bearable, as well as an SSD to shorten boot time and load times. That's it, anymore and you might as well get a new machine altogether

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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drop resolution to 720p.

 

get 8GB of Ram, you should be able to scrape by playable fps. 

 

also CPU dropping frequency on a laptop while under load is completely normal

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6 minutes ago, vascobrissos14 said:

Is it worth putting more RAM and a new drive in a system that runs an IntelHD 5500? 

Probably not

it could be a difference between running Chrome well or not.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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6 minutes ago, vascobrissos14 said:

Is it worth putting more RAM and a new drive in a system that runs an IntelHD 5500? 

Probably not

based on uplift from a laptop running intel 4000 series. 

 

yes, though only to a certain extent. i went from stutter 15fps to good playable 25fps. 

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12 minutes ago, vascobrissos14 said:

Is it worth putting more RAM and a new drive in a system that runs an IntelHD 5500? 

Probably not

well more ram should make a difference. it uses system memory as vram, so if you use basically all of the ram there isn't enough left for the gpu...

 

OP can test this by playing the game and monitoring gpu usage. if it's not 100% then the ram is bottlenecking it. 

 

EDIT: it should have some memory as hardware reserved, but this is usually about 100mb... not nearly enough to play a game well. 

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1 hour ago, vascobrissos14 said:

Is it worth putting more RAM and a new drive in a system that runs an IntelHD 5500? 

Probably not

I mean, sometimes at low mode, I can still get 40 fps, not medium though 'cuz it's hard to spot a player at low mode

 

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