Now is it worth upgrading to a T460/X260 or should I just add more ram, quad core i7, need to grab a bigger 90w charger too? Which adds up similar to second hand 460/260?
The fact is that a T430 with ample RAM and an I7 is not a slow machine. But you do need a better screen, one way or another.
I started with a T430 with the 1600x900 screen. In due course, as I learnt about Thinkpads, I got hold of a nice W530 with 1920 screen. I then bought a 24" monitor, and I am happy.
(Formerly 600E, T40, T41, 2xT42, 2xT61p, T420
Currently 4xT430, 2xT460, H520S, Ideapad K1)
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If you're editing videos, I would say having a great screen is a must, and I don't consider 768p HD-Ready TN screen (found in T420/T430) being good for that. With T460 (and also with X260) you are getting native support for FHD IPS screens - but watch out, because if I am not mistaken, there were also TN panels made for T460/X260, so make sure to get an IPS, should you decide to go for new laptop. Note: I know there are controller boards for conversion of LVDS signal to eDP, so that you can also use FHD/WHQD screens in T420/T430, but you would have to find a good screen seller (not sending you some "compatible" model, dim panel, with dead pixels, etc.), get the controller board, wish that it will not break your screen in a long run... that maybe the most easiest option would be just going for newer laptop.
Newer CPUs (6th gen. in this case) supports also more instruction sets than the Ivy Bridge you currently have, and while I am completely noob in this (so someone else feel free to correct me), I think AVX2 (which is supported by T460/X260 but not by your current T430) has something to do with video? Like helping with video encoding/decoding. Maybe.
And also from my personal experience: I have a W530 with quad core i7-3840QM and at work I used to have few years ago a T460s with i5-6200u, and the i5-6200u was much better than i7-3840QM (in my honest opinion). i7 in W530 was able to compete (was on par, at least when it came to code compilation in Android Studio) with 6200u, but it made so much noise and generated so much heat (yes, the machine was repasted recently - at the time) that I just liked T460s much more. It was also smaller and lighter, what was a nice bonus.
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