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I have a 2003 inspiron 5100 notebook with a 2.4 p4 processor, 512 mb ram, 80 gb hitachi HD.lately, (after installing doom3 and half life2) i noticed my hard drive is at around 70%. these games run slow i thought about getting and external hard drive to store some of my data. OR more RAM to speed up the games. what would be better for more performance???

also, on the hard drives my head is spinning. I want around 200Gb. but should i buy an external drive or buy an internal drive with an external kit? my pc is a IDE Ultra i get this? or a SATA? if so Do i get a SATA, SATA-100, SATA 300, etc. i know 7200 rpm is good, but do i need 8mb or 16 mb?????? IM LOST. I wish someone would TELL me what to buy. if you help i will be forever grateful.

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Would more RAM help ? Sure !


But the real issue is your're trying to run games on a laptop ! Most laptop LCDs don't refresh fast enough for good gaming; you're running out of disk space and laptop disk space is high cost relative to desktop hard diskspace and you don't have enough RAM.

So before investing another dollar in that underpowered unsuitable for gaming laptop....think hard about putting the $$ you'd spend upgrading it toward a separate modest gaming machine.

Tske a look here for some suggested systems

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great idea .....but


Great suggestion. I want to avoid another computer. im not a serious gamer i just mess around with it sometimes. If the problem is the refresh rate....would getting a s-video cable and hooking up to a T.V. work?

also, i still want an external HDD for backups and storage. Im getting a combo 2.0/ ieee 1394 enclosure. as far as The interface on my computer is an Ultra-ATA 100. Do I need to get a HDD with this interface or should I go with SATA. will it even make a difference?

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Coley suggest going with whatever interfacce your Pc has.I just read the article on adding a new Hard drive and EIDE is the most common out there.If yours motherboard doesnt support SATA you could get a add in sata card.Oh wait you may not have the room in a Labtop so just go with what your computer supports.As i uderstand the Drives are even faster than a couple years ago anyway at least 8mb cache.

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thank you.........

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thx. i have a hitachi HDD 80 GB 5400 rmp. It says Ultra ATA ( i dont know if its an ultra ATA 1000 or not) Does that really matter?

I do have a PCI slot.

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Look through the message in this forum...

In reply to: great idea .....but

There are many many messages about buying (or building) externals in this forum. No need to continue repeating the answer for each and every individual who asks. As indicated previously more RAM will help too !

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