Area-51 m7700 Laptop from 2006

Anyone suggest some updages (if any?) for this old beast, current stats:

LAPTOP: Alienware Area-51® m7700
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 670 Desktop Processor w/ HT Technology 3.8GHz 800MHz FSB 2MB
Memory: 3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB / 2 x 1024MB
Hard Drive: 100GB 7,200 RPM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
Monitor: 17" WideXGA+ 1440 x 900 LCD Display
Sound Card: Intel® 7.1 High-Definition Audio
Mouse: USB Logitech® G5 Laser Gaming Mouse
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)



Feb 2, 2012
Welcome to AWO... Sorry we do not have a dedicated section for your older Alienware Area-51 laptop. I'm glad to see you plan on keeping it going with some upgrades. I moved your thread from the Area-51 desktop section into this one, so there is no confusion.

Ram and SSD will get you a noticeable performance boost. I think your system only supports up to 4GB of memory.

FYI: All the Samsung 830 series SSDs on on sale since the new 840 series is coming out in about 2 weeks. You can check Newegg and TigerDirect for a good deal on one. (I wasn't sure if your hard drive interface was SATA but from what I read, you do have SATA)

You could also pickup an OEM (system builders version) of Windows 7 for $80. If your processor supports 64bit, then get the 64bit version of Win 7.
So out of boredom I decided to dust off the old laptop and start Steam...



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