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Windows 7: Can I upgrade my CPU?

09 Jan 2012   #11

windows 7 ultimate X64 sp1

Ive had the privilege of completely trashing about 10 laptops in the store that i worked at. after doing this i have conceded the following:
1. laptops are extremely hard to take apart without doing serious damage to either the case or the components.
2. one of the most complicated things is to find and or replace all the tiny and i mean tiny screws that are in a laptop.
3 the replacement of a laptop processor is not cost effective as already mentioned.
4 most laptops these days come with a higher equivalent if this is so with your laptop i means that the processor is interchangeable with that higher series.

if your laptop has a higher 'i' series model usually what the company does is install a processor socket this saves them the time of having to solder in the new chip for every different model.
if you do have your heart set on upgrading your processor it can be done. it is just, well....not really worth the time. i went down the same path until i realized that to install the new processor i would need a new heat sink a new internal psu and a complete bios update and reconfigure (i like personalized bios settings).
if your machine has a G1 socket it does support an i7 proccesor. so you could look into it.
Good luck and i hope you are successful in what ever you decide to do...

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09 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I wouldn't recommend it, even if the board would accept a higher processor. Your laptop was designed to handle the heat from your current processor. If you switch to a processor that may generate more heat, you could end up damaging the laptop.

If you want to be able to upgrade your parts, you don't buy a laptop, keep that in mind next time around.
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09 Jan 2012   #13

XP, Win7 Pro, Ubuntu LL

The 5400 rpm hdd is without a doubt the bottleneck in your system. The components all need to "balance" in function or you're just wasting money. I'd love to have the latest cpu as much as the next guy. However outside of video editing and other processor intensive tasks, it really wouldn't make a whole lot of difference what cpu you were able to pop in there.

I'd say badger906 is right on the money when suggesting a small ssd and an external hdd for budget reasons. In your situation the upgrade path should be ssd first, then ram and processor last, if at all. You really only need enough ssd for OS and Programs, with as much overhead as you can afford for wear-leveling. Seriously, the difference in speed and responsiveness will be much more than you would ever get from a cpu upgrade. The cost would also be somewhere around what you would spend for a middling i7, even less if you shopped around some.
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09 Jan 2012   #14

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

I bought this MSI A6200-220US Laptop Computer - Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6 Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Black at a year and a half ago for school. Last Fall I upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 8GB and like badger906 suggested earlier I put the mechanical HD into an external case and replaced it with an SSD. All the people in my programming class who knew me from previous semesters were asking me if I had bought a whole new machine. The 64GB SSD cost me $100, the RAM was $50 and the external drive case was about $10. That's $160 vs whatever you might spend on a CPU - which may not work anyway.
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10 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64

Hey guys. Thank you very much for all your suggestions and advises, appreciate them a lot !!!
So it's seam that for the moment I'll just upgrade my RAM till 8Gb and that's it. Maybe latter I will consider to change my HDD to SSD, but defiantly not now )))
Thanks again very much
The case solved !!!
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16 Jun 2012   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

I don't know about laptops being hard to work on, you do have to have some skills and a steady hand to work with those small screws but I don't find it that hard. I've totally rebuilt about 5 of them. I buy them broken, fix them, sell them, usally the people I sell the new one to have an old one I'll take 50$ off the price of the new one if they throw in there old one, fix that one, ONCE BIG CIRCLE. Been making decent side money doing this. I still have no clue or skills on how to change out the CPU in this 4420 or if the G1 989 socket i7 or i5 would work. Motherboards are one thing I currently have no skill with. If anyone has a clue as to where I could get an i5 or an i7 CPU cheap that would fit my laptop that would be cool. As to SSD drives, I've heard so much bad stuff about them. Eventually they all choke and die after a few years don't they? They are pretty much massive flash drives aren't they? I've read quite a few articles saying they only have so many times they can be booted up as to a regual HDD drive, I have one in an Inspiron 6000 that's 10 years old and runs perfect. I think I am going to try out a 120gb SSD in my probook before trying to swap out the CPU. Seems like a lot of people agree that would make the difference in this laptop.
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