I have a Lenovo Ideapad 720-15IKB (Type 81C7), which might be relevant for advice (bought in late 2017). The unit is pretty decent (16GB RAM, AMD RX560 4GB, i7-8550U) and I don't have the budget ($400-600) for a new laptop, so am looking to maintain this device.
I would like to either have the SSD upgraded (larger capacity, it's only 256GB right now) or have an HDD installed, and am not sure which is the best option. What would you recommend? (or both, but preferably would do just one or the other - I also don't think RAM can be upgraded because it might be soldered, otherwise would consider that also).
I am a uni student, play games very occasionally (Overcooked, other Epic Games freebies etc). Also use the laptop for uni math software (Python, R, MATLAB) and will definitely keep using it for as long as possible. Just would love to have more storage installed for convenience.
Is the easiest option to go to a computer shop in Brisbane? Any suggestions? I'd like to also get the computer internals cleaned out at the same time (fan, board, vents etc) and maybe get some re-pasting done, cos the laptop heats up pretty quickly when running under load. I kinda understand the processes involved to restore the laptop, but have never been a DIY build-it person, or gotten these fixes/upgrades done before elsewhere, so would love some advice.
If the absolute best option is for me to learn to do it myself, feel free to recommend parts to buy and guides to follow!
TLDR: Upgrading/restoring laptop, would like advice.
SSD or HDD?
Is a clean out and re-pasting worth it?
Upgrade RAM if possible?
DIY or computer shop? (suggestions if shop)
Thanks in advance.