I spent $600 upgrading last year and for me it was a huge improvement with the new CPU. I was on a 3.16 wolfdale core 2 duo. I recently upgraded to the i7 4.16GHZ and wow…
For me the return:
SSD = greatest value
CPU upgrade for me brought the 2nd best return
32GB of ddr3 just because
Liquid cpu cooling just because it was on sale
< $600 to upgrade and bring my system into a very pleasing performance level.
I really want to do a surface 3 pro, but the cost is so high for what you get power wise. Since I do some video editing on occasion, some photography editing, and other usage I find that the upgrade for me on the desktop was well worth it. Compare $600 on the surface pro category and I’d be far less setup for power.
But, i’m pretty picky. I have autohotkey scripts and use sublime as my default text editor so that puts me outside the normal user category for sure
I get the benefit of a great work environment that bought us ZBOOK15, 32 GB ram, dual SSD, and i7 processors… so I’m perhaps a bit prejudiced towards a more powerful laptop over a smaller less powerful one.
When they make a surface style tablet that I can upgrade components on, like a modular tablet with quality craftsmanship and great performance options, I’ll be all over that!