Hello. I need to upgrade 2 old (but reliable) Dell Latitude D610 laptops. My kids are getting older and they are taking over my desktop and my personal laptop (Dell Inspiron 9300 needs either a new motherboard or something is up with the power supply -but the cord is good) is DOA for now. So the ol' reliable Latitude needs to be put to better use. Currently it is pretty much only used for emails, web surfing, nothing too strenuous. The problem is, I keep finding conflicting recommendations wherever I look!
Currently the computer is running Windows XP Pro and the system says it has an Intel Pentium Processor 1.73GHz, 749MHz, 504MB of RAM.
I am not a hardcore gamer or anything but I do like to view some videos online and other things. (I want to get an external or internal TV tuner but that can wait until I fix the Inspiron or just get my hands on another desktop.)
ANYWAY, what are the upgrade possibilities for this laptop. I am not an expert, but I am not a complete novice either. I don't want to spend TOO much money, but this laptop could very well become my oldest son's school computer so I need it to run well. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, WHERE to buy would be helpful. I have relatives that swear by Micro Center and others that swear by Newegg and still others with totally different opinions!
I am looking for all suggestions. One thing I know for certain is that I want to upgrade the cd/dvd drive. It currently only reads cds/dvds. Also, I know I need more memory but I am curious as to what else I can upgrade that would make a decent difference. I have to admit the ol' gal can be kinda slow on certain sites or if too many windows are open. So I really do need to get better performance out of her.