It all depends on what is in the laptop. I am using a laptop with an i7-4700HQ quad core laptop with 24 GB of RAM, two SSD drives and an nVidia GTX 765M GPU that works great I am assuming that your laptop with that vintage might only have one hard drive and it probably is a 5400 rpm drive. Does your laptop have a USB 3 port?
Thanks for responding: This is what I am operating on:
Intel (R) Core (TM) i7-3610QM PU @ 2.30Ghz
I have USB 4 PORT?
I have USB 4 PORT?
Not the number of ports, but whether it is USB 3.0 or USB 2.0.
You will have to add RAM. 8 GB is not enough.
What model laptop?
HP Pavilion m7 notebook PC
- The drive in the HP Pavilion m7-1015dx is a 5400RPM drive. It will have to be replaced. Unfortunately it is just an a SATA II (3Gbit/s) port, so you cannot get full speed from any SSD which require SATA III (6Gbits/s) but anything is better than that 5400rpm drive..
- Your notebook has two user accessible memory slots so you can upgrade the memory from the 8GB to 16GB
- One the good side your notebook does have 3 each USB3.0 ports and be careful as it also has one older/slower USB 2.0 port. If you acquire a Samsung T1 USB3.0 Flash Drive and put your Adobe projects and media on it you may have some success in editing simple projects.
- You will not have the option to get GPU acceleration since you only have older Intel on-chip graphics.
- You do more than meet the minimum display resolution.with your 1600 x 900 display
- Remember that editing on a laptop requires that you need to be plugged into the AC power to keep every thing running at full speed.
In summary you need more than you have, so is it worthwhile to upgrade or should you just go ahead and get another more suitable computer?
#1- The drive in the HP Pavilion m7-1015dx is a 5400RPM drive. It will have to be replaced. Unfortunately it is just an a SATA II (3Gbit/s) port, so you cannot get full speed from any SSD which require SATA III (6Gbits/s) but anything is better than that 5400rpm drive..
WHAT KIND OF HARD DRIVE WOULD YOU SUGGEST I GET TO REPLACE IT? I GUESS WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Definitely go to a SSD just do not expect quite the performance that SATA III would give you. For that application you might consider the Samsung 850 EVO SSD, I would normally have suggested the 850 Pro SSD as it is a little faster. But the EVO is less expensive and therefore you can afford a larger capacity drive.