My daughter has a HP Probook 4530s which is exactly 5 years old. It's still going strong but as you'd expect is getting slower and slower and there are times where it sounds as though it's going to take off (made slightly better by me cleaning out the dust around the fan!)
It's got a i3 2310m (2.13GHz) processor, 6GB RAM and my question is a simple one; would putting in a SSD improve the performance to a reasonable extent or would the other ageing components still make it slow to use. My daughter only really uses for college work and playing the Sim 3.
I suspect the answer is going to be that given the relative cheapness of laptops these days we'd be better off just replacing with a new model and potentially putting a SSD in that instead. Any thoughts greatly appreciated.