In Pictures: 14 steps to a better, faster Windows laptop

After a couple of years, most laptops fall seriously behind the times. Here are several ways to upgrade your legacy laptop to meet today's standards.

2a. Choose your components The best strategy is to shop around to find the best -- and the most reasonably priced -- components for your particular system. The parts that I bought for revamping my EliteBook are listed below. I chose these for two reasons: Because I'm familiar with the vendors and/or products, and because they fit my system.

This list shows what I paid; prices may have changed since then (clockwise, from top):

-- Cable Matters Gold Plated DisplayPort HDMI adapter ($10) -- Netgear A6100 WiFi USM Mini Adapter ($50) -- Kingston 8GB SDRAM Module model DDR31333MHz (two at $90 each -- more about this on the next slide) -- Crucial M500 480GB SSD ($370) -- StarTech 2 Port ExpressCard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter ($32)

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