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Windows 7: Upgrade CPU


24 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit/x86
 
 
Upgrade CPU

Hi guys! I just wanted to know if i could upgrade my laptop's cpu. I currently have AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-60 1.9GHz (Socket S1g2). I looked up information and I found a few tips, but I wanna be sure it work before I start buying things. If someone would help me I would appreciate it. Thanks!


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24 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Others may agree or disagree, but I wouldn't bother. A laptop's cooling is designed around the components it ships with. If you had a new processor that draws more power or generates more heat, you could at best, drasticlly lower battery life, at worst, damage the laptop's internals.
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24 May 2012   #3

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Agreed, another thing to consider is the fact your laptops bios would likely not recognize the new processor. If you really want a noticeable performance gain switch to a SSD instead of HDD.
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24 May 2012   #4

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your first step would be to go to your laptop manufacturer's website and *attempt* to get 2 pieces of information:
  • The brand and model # of your laptop's motherboard (there are 3rd party programs like CPU-Z that will do this) and then find a compatible processor list for that motherboard/socket.
  • Find any updated BIOS that allows new(er) processors for that motherboard.
*ATTEMPT* means: "Good luck with that "


Laptop manufacturer's do not have any incentive to do any work to allow users to upgrade their systems themselves. So don't hold your breathe waiting for any substantial upgrade possibility. The best you can hope for is a slight increase in clock speed using the same class processor. Hardly any chance to use a higher class processor. And as already mentioned, that would be hardly worth the effort just thinking about it.
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24 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I agree that switching to an SSD would be the best way to go. While you at it, you could go ahead and see if switching to 64-bit Windows is an option (I'm going by the version listd in system specs btw).
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