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.

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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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