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I have the following components in my computer:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArazBkOGrxEbdDhjc1lJWklJMEV5RlVrdzVYcHdMYWc

The system currently works okay with Ubuntu 11.10 and unity. It just seems a little clunky. Which hardware upgrade would give me greatest performance boost in Ubuntu 11.10?

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How much of that Kingston memory do you have? It's definitely going to make a difference. –  TreefrogInc Jan 17 '12 at 3:16
    
Sorry. Forgot that. 4gb of ram. Updated the spreadsheet. –  justingrif Jan 17 '12 at 3:20
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You might want to add an SSD for your root partition , it could speed up your booting process at least.

SSD on Wikipedia

I don't know how much GPU can affect video performance , i never tried on my laptop.

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