Laptop under 200

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  1. RevPokemon
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    Ok my dad said I can only spend less than 200 bucks on a laptop and was wondering if this is decent

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-refu...6008059&skuId=1306008059#spoke/specifications


    I know I can't get a lot for the money but its this or a stream :(

    My dad said I can't save up since he doesn't want me too wait since he will be going to surgery soon and wants to know I have one.

    Will this one work for editing docs and web browsing fairly well? I plan on adding ram to 8ddr3 and use Ubuntu or another Linux distribution.

    But really is an old i5 really OK or should I get a chrome book?
     
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    For editing docs and web browsing, it's more than enough. My dad uses one very similar in specs to run his chess analysis software.

    Personally I don't see the need to upgrade the RAM unless you're one of those people who fires up a hundred browser tabs. What you may want to do to make it feel more snappy is upgrade it with a SSD somewhere down the line. 240GB Sandisk SSDs are fairly cheap, and I picked up 3 on Black Friday sales to upgrade a couple laptops and a desktop.

    Also, since it only comes with Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, you may want to upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro 32-bit, then clean reinstall Windows 10 to get Pro 64-bit. That way you get the most out of the available RAM.
     
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    Thanks for the opinion!