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)