I would start by addressing the cause of the slow startups, disable or uninstall anything not needed. But yeah, if it's IDE, I would say just get a new or newer laptop. If it's sata, Intel, Kingston and crucial are good. I tend to shy away from ocz as they seem to have a horrible reputation. Don't worry about the speed of the drive, chances are either it's going to be more than the cpu or interface can handle, so you could probably save some cash and get an outgoing model.